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The Liberation of One

Spasowski, Romuald

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ISBN 10: 0151512760 / ISBN 13: 9780151512768
Published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York, 1986
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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From the dust jacket: "Former Deputy Foreign Minister, twice Ambassador to the United States and the highest-level Communist official ever to defect to the West, Romuald Spasowski gives us his searingly candid autobiography. It is at once richly personal drama and eye-opening witness to the inner workings of the Communist power structure." Signed by the author on the title page: "To Barbara A. Johnson--the story of my life--with friendship. God bless you! Romuald Spasowski, May 18, 1981" A clean, tight copy in a very good jacket. Jacket has some minor edgewear and one 1/4 inch tear in the back. Bookseller Inventory # 000018

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Title: The Liberation of One

Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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A riveting history of Poland since the war and a startling disclosure of the inner workings of the highest offices in Communist Poland.

From Publishers Weekly:

When Spasowski, Poland's ambassador to Washington, defected to the U.S. in 1981, his sudden leap to freedom, he shows, capped a gradual disillusionment with communist ideology. This candid, epic autobiography charts his political "awakening" through a career that spanned the roles of intelligence agent, ambassador calling on Peron, Kennedy and Castro, and deputy foreign minister. Spasowski writes that "people's Poland" is a myth; a handful of Warsaw bureaucrats backed by police power and Soviet might control an entire people. But as the dutiful son of an eminent Polish Marxist, the author was slow to change his thinking. Some of the book's most moving sections recreate his adolescent years in Nazi-occupied Poland, where he saw with disbelief that both Russians and Germans persecuted Poles. With ruthless honesty he divulges a love affair that nearly wrecked his marriage. Later sections describe how Solidarity missed opportunities to consolidate its power. Spasowski's odyssey is told with great literary skill and spiked with instructive disclosures about Poland's ruling elite. Photos.
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