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The magic lantern : the revolution of '89 witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague

Author: Timothy Garton Ash
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Magic Lantern is one of those rare books that define a historic moment, written by a brilliant witness who was also a participant in epochal events. Whether covering Poland's first free parliamentary elections -- in which Solidarity found itself in the position of trying to limit the scope of its victory -- or sitting in at the meetings of an unlikely coalition of bohemian intellectuals and Catholic clerics  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Timothy Garton Ash
ISBN: 0679740481 9780679740483
OCLC Number: 45554840
Notes: "With a new afterword by the author"--Cover.
"This work was originally published in Great Britain in somewhat different form by Granta Books, Cambridge, as 'We the people: the revolution of '89 witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and Prague in 1990 and in the United States by Random House, Inc., New York, as The magic lantern in 1990.'"--Title page verso.
Description: 169 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Witness and history --
Warsaw: the first election --
Budapest: the last funeral --
Berlin: Wall's end --
Prague: inside the magic lantern --
The year of the truth --
Ten years after: afterword to the Vintage edition.
Other Titles: We the people
Responsibility: Timothy Garton Ash.

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"The Magic Lantern is one of those rare books that define a historic moment, written by a brilliant witness who was also a participant in epochal events. Whether covering Poland's first free parliamentary elections -- in which Solidarity found itself in the position of trying to limit the scope of its victory -- or sitting in at the meetings of an unlikely coalition of bohemian intellectuals and Catholic clerics orchestrating the liberation of Czechoslovakia, Garton Ash writes with enormous sympathy and power. In this book -- now with a new Afterword by the author -- Garton Ash creates a stunningly evocative portrait of the revolutions that swept Communism from Eastern Europe in 1989 and whose after-effects will resonate for years to come."--Back cover.

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