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The Liberation of One

The Liberation of One

By Romuald Spasowski

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986, 704 pp.

The life story of the Polish ambassador to the United States who defected in December 1981. It is an enthralling story, full of tension, tragedy, self-doubt and self-revelation, of one man's career of service to a communist regime, in full awareness of what it was doing to his country, his friends and his family. Spasowski, apparently, is blessed with a prodigious memory. His hundreds of pages contain hundreds of conversations over more than 40 years, all verbatim. It carries the reader along, like a historical novel.