It is the interesting thesis of this book, by a Polish-born author who has lived in Britain since World War II, that Poland's military leadership over the years has created its own "military Communist party" with the capability of exerting influence and control far beyond the confines of the army itself, in the service of communism and of the U.S.S.R. Accordingly, it was well prepared to take power in 1981, to suppress Solidarity, and to replace the faltering civilian Communist leadership. The book will win no literary prizes and does not stop to weigh controversial points, but the profusion and marshalling of data is impressive.
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