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The Polish August
The Polish August
By Neal Ascherson
Viking, 1982, 299 pp

A British journalist's enthralling account of recent events in Poland, informed by his long professional experience in that country and elsewhere in Eastern Europe. The background material, covering the entire postwar period, shows how the interaction of Party, Church and nation, the incomplete results of earlier crises, and the failures of the regime brought the country to the convulsion of August 1980. The events from August to December of that year are described in detail, those of 1981 up to the military coup of last December more briefly.