Prague Winter by Madeleine Albright

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


“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.

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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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Peak Rank on May 13 2012
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Mar 15 2012

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

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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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The New Republic

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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The Journal Gazette

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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The Captive Reader

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

Reviewed by Shawn on Aug 19 2012

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

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