Adam Michnik has been in and out of prison, mostly in, since the imposition of martial law in Poland in December 1981. As a founder of KOR in 1976 and counselor to Solidarity from 1980 he has been at the center of antiestablishment politics for a decade. These letters and essays, which have been circulating underground, contain sober reflections on Polish history, analysis of recent events and judgments on people and institutions (especially the current regime), and statements of faith and conviction on questions of morality and human rights. They reveal his dedication to ideals of freedom and to political activism in the service of the Polish people. Michnik's writing comes through as sincere, inspired and, for his Polish readers especially, inspirational.