Prague Winter by Madeleine Albright

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13 Critic Reviews

The book includes pictures from the Körbel family collection of people and events. The writing is amazing and even the footnotes are superb. Ms. Albright’s grasp of political measures, historical events, and articulate narrative makes Prague Winter a gripping read.
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Synopsis

“A remarkable story of adventure and passion, tragedy and courage set against the backdrop of occupied Czechoslovakia and World War II.” —Václav Havel

From former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright comes a moving and thoughtful memoir of her formative years in Czechoslovakia during the tumult of Nazi occupation, World War II, fascism, and the onset of the Cold War. An intensely personal journey into the past that offers vital lessons for the future, Prague Winter combines the intimacy of an autobiography with the drama of an exciting and well-told story—all underpinned by the gravity and intelligence of a serious work of history. The result is a highly readable and incisive work filled with tragedy and triumph, a resonant narrative informed by Albright’s remarkable life experience and her characteristic candor in speaking hard truths.
 

About Madeleine Albright

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Madeleine Albright is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Prague Winter, Memo to the President, The Mighty and the Almighty, and Read My Pins. She was U.S. Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001. Her distinguished career of public service includes positions in the National Security Council, as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and on Capitol Hill.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by Harper. 750 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Prague Winter
All: 13 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Below average
Mar 15 2012

Although much is conventional history, the unconventional—the personal—animates and brightens the narrative.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Nov 28 2016

Showing us villainy, heroism, and agonizing moral dilemmas, Albright’s vivid storytelling and measured analysis brings this tragic era to life.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by ManoflaBook.com on Feb 24 2013

The book includes pictures from the Körbel family collection of people and events. The writing is amazing and even the footnotes are superb. Ms. Albright’s grasp of political measures, historical events, and articulate narrative makes Prague Winter a gripping read.

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Boston.com

Below average
Reviewed by Susan Suleiman on Apr 29 2012

The reader may feel, at times, that there is not enough of the personal or of remembrance in this book, despite the promise of its subtitle.

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Daily Kos

Good
Reviewed by paradox on Mar 04 2013

Interesting in its own right as the cradle of Bohemia and former empire of Moravia, the story is far more interesting with the personal antidotes of Madame Secretary Albright’s family history, along with excellent organization and a good, sincere author’s voice.

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The New Republic

Excellent
Reviewed by Istvan Deak on Aug 02 2012

...Madeleine 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.

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World War II Database

Above average
Reviewed by C. Peter Chen on Jul 17 2013

Having such cursory knowledge on Czechoslovakia, I could not say whether Prague Winter compared well with other titles on this topic. However, I did learn quite a bit from this book, and I always appreciate learning new things...

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The Journal Gazette

Excellent
Reviewed by Philip Kerr on May 20 2012

“Prague Winter” is highly informative and insightful, and it’s clear that Albright, a professor of international relations at Georgetown University, has done her homework...

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Reviewed by Susan Rubin Suleiman on Apr 29 2012

Such a way of coping, familiar to immigrants everywhere, may not produce great literature, for that thrives on introspection and the exploration of personal suffering; but it can produce a highly successful life, and Madeleine Albright’s sprightly narrative shows how.

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Reviewed by Kristen Hannum on Aug 01 2012

Parts of Prague Winter are a slog. Their reward is that those sections enrich the enormously moving and thought-provoking personal sections.

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The Captive Reader

Good
Reviewed by Claire on Aug 12 2012

There is no other single English-language book out there that provides such a thorough overview and analysis of this period of Czech history...

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Book Discussion with Myself

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Reviewed by Shawn on Aug 19 2012

Regardless of who wrote what, it was really engaging book.

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Reviewed by Amanda B. on Nov 16 2015

Woven throughout Albright’s personal and family history is the history of Czechoslovakia. The author adds the history of the country to put the personal stories in the social and political context of the time. Together, the three narratives give an in-depth look into the lives of the Czechoslovakian people during a precarious time in history.

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