Not every reader will want elaborate theoretical explanations of the grand historical reversal in eastern Europe in 1989; many will prefer a straightforward, textually rich report on what it looked like and how it felt. Oddly, in the flood of literature now appearing on the east European revolutions, not much is of this sort. Frankland, a seasoned British journalist, fills the gap very well. This is a book that informs while giving pleasure, in no small part because it is so well written.
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