Mad Dreams, Saving Graces: Poland, A Nation In Conspiracy

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Mad Dreams, Saving Graces: Poland, A Nation In Conspiracy

By Michael T. Kaufman
Random House, 1989
288 pp. $19.95
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Correspondent for The New York Times in Poland from 1984 to 1987, Kaufman made a fine record of reporting that was factual and objective and at the same time imaginative. His family background and fluency in Polish undoubtedly helped him to penetrate beneath the surface of Polish life. Those same qualities and advantages infuse his new book, but here he is more reflective, more engaged, more personal in recounting and assessing his own experience, neither hiding his own sympathies (for Solidarity and the ordinary people) nor losing his objectivity.

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