More than a memoir, this is a book of facts and action. Highly informative and insightful. Albright is a charming and entertaining storyteller. Her account of the destruction of inter-war Czechoslovakia, both as a geographical entity and as an idea of democracy, first by the Nazis and then by the Communists, is balanced and vivid.
Albright artfully presents a wrenching tale of horror and darkness, but also one in which decent and brave people again and again had their say. Storybook Corner.
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Publisher's description Setting out -- pt. An unwelcome guest ; Tales of Bohemia ; The competition ; The linden tree ; A favorable impression ; Out from behind the mountains ; "We must go on being cowards" ; A hopeless task -- Part two: April April Starting over ; Occupation and resistance ; The lamps go out ; The irresistible force ; Fire in the sky ; The alliance comes together ; The crown of Wenceslas -- pt. Day of the assassins ; Auguries of genocide ; Terezin ; The bridge too far ; Cried-out eyes ; Doodlebugs and gooney birds ; Hitler's end -- pt.
No angels ; Unpatched ; A world big enough to keep us apart ; A precarious balance ; Struggle for a nation's soul ; A failure to communicate ; The fall ; Sands through the hour-glass -- The next chapter -- Guide to personalities -- Time lines. Her account of the destruction of inter-war Czechoslovakia, both as a geographical entity and as an idea of democracy, first by the Nazis and then by the Communists, is balanced and vivid.
Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, | Columbia Alumni Association
Walter Isaacson , "Albright has supplemented a deeply researched history of World War II-era Czechoslovakia with a moving family narrative. The beating heart of the book is Albright's searing account of her intimate family saga. Highly informative and insightful. I can't recommend Prague Winter highly enough. Prague Winter is not only a family story-a proud and moving one-but a brilliant and multilayered account of how Czechoslovakia was formed along the most idealistic lines in the aftermath of World War I.
An altogether fascinating and inspiring read.?
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