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The Pity of War: Explaining World War I
The Pity of War
Explaining World War I
Paperback      ISBN: 0465057128
Studies the origins, financing, and outcome of World War I, and discusses public support, recruiting and retention of soldiers, treatment of prisoners, and related issues
My Century: The Odyssey of a Polish Intellectual
My Century
The Odyssey of a Polish Intellectual
Paperback      ISBN: 1590170652
In My Century the great Polish poet Aleksander Wat provides a spellbinding account of life in Eastern Europe in the midst of the terrible twentieth century. Based on interviews with Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz, My Century describes the artistic, sexual, and political experimentation --in which Wat was a major participant-- that followed the end of World War I: an explosion of talent and ideas which, he argues, in some ways helped to open the door to the destruction that the Nazis and Bolsheviks soon visited upon the world. But Wat's book is at heart a story of spiritual struggle and conversion. He tells of his separation during World War II from his wife and young son, of his confinement in the Soviet prison system, of the night when the sound of far-off laughter brought on a vision of "the devil in history." "It was then," Wat writes, "that I began to be a believer."
1941: The Year That Keeps Returning
The Year That Keeps Returning
Hardcover      ISBN: 1590176731
A New York Review Books Original The distinguished Croatian journalist and publisher Slavko Goldstein says, “Writing this book about my family, I have tried not to separate what happened to us from the fates of many other people and of an entire country.
Cafe Europa: Life After Communism
Cafe Europa
Life After Communism
Paperback      ISBN: 0140277722
Today in Eastern Europe the architectural work of revolution is complete: the old order has been replaced by various forms of free market economy and de jure democracy. But as Slavenka Drakulic observes, "in everyday life, the revolution consists much more of the small things—of sounds, looks and images." In this brilliant work of political reportage, filtered through her own experience, we see that Europe remains a divided continent. In the place of the fallen Berlin Wall there is a chasm between East and West, consisting of the different way people continue to live and understand the world. Little bits—or intimations—of the West are gradually making their way east: boutiques carrying Levis and tiny food shops called "Supermarket" are multiplying on main boulevards. Despite the fact that Drakulic can find a Cafe Europa, complete with Viennese-style coffee and Western decor, in just about every Eastern European city, the acceptance of the East by the rest of Europe continues to prove much more elusive.
Operation Nemesis: The Assassination Plot that Avenged the Armenian Genocide
Operation Nemesis
The Assassination Plot that Avenged the Armenian Genocide
Hardcover      ISBN: 0316292087
The Pulitzer Prize finalist playwright of Talk Radio presents an account of the 1921 conspiracy of assassins that hunted down Turkish officials as political retribution for the Armenian Genocide. 30,000 first printing.
Love Thy Neighbor: A Story of War
Love Thy Neighbor
A Story of War
Paperback      ISBN: 0679763899
A correspondent offers a portrait of the conflict in Bosnia, from the battlefield of Sarajevo, to the atrocities that have been committed, to the lives of those caught in the crossfire of the internecine conflict. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film
Three Minutes in Poland
Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film
Paperback      ISBN: 0374535795
"The author's search for the annihilated Polish community captured in his grandfather's 1938 home movie. Traveling in Europe in August 1938, one year before the outbreak of World War II, David Kurtz, the author's grandfather, captured three minutes of ordinary life in a small, predominantly Jewish town in Poland on 16 mm Kodachrome color film. More than seventy years later, through the brutal twists of history, these few minutes of home-movie footage would become a memorial to an entire community--an entire culture--that was annihilated in the Holocaust. Three Minutes in Poland traces Glenn Kurtz's remarkable four-year journey to identify the people in his grandfather's haunting images. His search takes him across the United States; to Canada, England, Poland, and Israel; to archives, film preservation laboratories, and an abandoned Luftwaffe airfield. Ultimately, Kurtz locates seven living survivors from this lost town, including an eighty-six-year-old man who appears in the film as a thirteen-year-old boy. Painstakingly assembled from interviews, photographs, documents, and artifacts, Three Minutes in Poland tells the rich, funny, harrowing, and surprisingly intertwined stories of these seven survivors and their Polish hometown. Originally a travel souvenir, David Kurtz's home movie became the sole remaining record of a vibrant town on the brink of catastrophe. From this brief film, Glenn Kurtz creates a riveting exploration of memory, loss, and improbable survival--a monument to a lost world"--
A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising
A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising
Paperback      ISBN: 1590176650
A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising is both a work of memory and a work about memory. Miron Bialoszewski, the great avant-garde Polish poet, memorializes the doomed uprising of the Polish population against their Nazi masters, which began on August 1, 1944, and was eventually abandoned on October 2, 1944, with the physical destruction of Warsaw, street by street and house by house, and the slaughter of 200,000 civilians. Yet Bialoszewski begins his memoir not with an invocation of the great historical events about to unfold but with a simple observation: “Tuesday, August 1, 1944, was cloudy, humid, not too warm...and I remember that there were many trolleys, cars, and people and that right after I reached the corner of Zelazna Street, I realized what day it was (the first of August) and I thought to myself, more or less in these words: ‘August 1 is Sunflower Day.’
Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future
Manual for Survival
A Chernobyl Guide to the Future
Hardcover      ISBN: 0393652513
Reveals how Soviet and international scientists and diplomats tried to downplay the radioactive environmental and health consequences of the accident at Chernobyl by minimizing the birth defects and cancers later tied to it.
A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz As a Young Boy
A Lucky Child
A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz As a Young Boy
Paperback      ISBN: 0316339180
A judge at the International Court in The Hague who was rescued from Auschwitz at the age of eleven presents the story of his extraordinary journey from the horrors of Nazism to an investigation of modern day genocide.