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The Magic Lantern

The Revolution of '89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and Prague

The Magic Lantern by 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.
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group; September 2010
167 pages; ISBN 9780307756824
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Title: The Magic Lantern
Author: Timothy Garton Ash
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