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The Eagle Unbowed: Poland and the Poles in the Second World War

Kochanski, Halik

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ISBN 10: 0674068149 / ISBN 13: 9780674068148
Editorial: Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2012
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734pp/illus. History of Polish Army in WWII. As New Clean Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. N° de ref. de la librería 011772

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Título: The Eagle Unbowed: Poland and the Poles in ...

Editorial: Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA

Año de publicación: 2012

Encuadernación: Cloth

Condición del libro:As New

Condición de la sobrecubierta: As New

Edición: 1st Edition.

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[Kochanski's] book is opinionated, fluid and forceful. It lays out in impressive detail how ordinary Poles lost the Second World War, kept losing and yet refused to be beaten.--Olivia Bullough"New Statesman" (10/04/2012)

This is a comprehensive study that provides a fair-minded introduction to the subject.--Richard J. Evans"The Guardian" (11/09/2012)

Kochanski tells Poland's 20th-century story in absorbing detail, from the rebirth of modern Poland in 1919 to the collapse of the Soviet empire in 1989. But her great interests are the war years, 1939 to 1945, and the multiple and repeated atrocities inflicted upon the Polish people...Kochanski...compellingly conveys Poland's wartime agony and the ordeals of those caught between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia.--Daniel Ford"Wall Street Journal" (11/23/2012)

Given the unending flow of misconceptions about wartime Poland, a comprehensive survey of this neglected subject is long overdue, and Halik Kochanski's study fits the bill...Kochanski has a good chance of reaching a wide readership.--Norman Davies"New York Review of Books" (01/10/2013)

Owing to the nature of the subject, "The Eagle Unbowed "is an extraordinarily ambitious book. Kochanski sets out to pull together, for the first time in English, the many different strands of the Polish war experience. These include, among other things, the stories of the German occupation of Western Poland, the Soviet occupation of Eastern Poland, the Holocaust, the Polish pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain, the Polish infantry who fought with the Allies at Monte Cassino, the Polish soldiers who fought with the Red Army, and the Polish Home Army--the military wing of the underground Resistance--which suffered extraordinary losses during the Warsaw Uprising in 1944...She also moves deftly between individual stories and wider themes...Here, for the first time in English, the entire Polish experience of the war is captured in a single volume. The result is a book far bleaker, and far more ambiguous, than anything most Americans have read about the war...Kochanski tells the story of the war from the perspective of the people who lived between the two great totalitarian powers [Russia and Germany] and who suffered the most from their murderous politics...Her story is about Poland, the Polish state, the Polish armies, the Polish population, and--inevitably--the nature of Polishness itself..."The Eagle Unbowed "is one of the first books to make comprehensive use of the many new sources in English, putting a complicated story into a clear narrative.--Anne Applebaum"New Republic" (12/20/2012)

An unmatched synthesis of Poland's wartime experience and fate. Kochanski deftly integrates operational analysis with the complex internal politics of Poland's armed forces in exile. Her campaign narratives are concise, clear, and persuasive; her account of the Polish Resistance and the 1944 uprising is excellent; and her treatment of Polish Jewish relations is balanced without being anodyne.--Dennis Showalter, author of "Hitler's Panzers""

An informative, authoritative and wide-ranging account of the tragedy that befell Poland and its inhabitants gentiles and Jews during the war and its aftermath. The less-well-known story of the Poles deported to the Soviet Union is particularly vivid and moving. An engaging and important book.--Hubert Zawadzki, author of "A Concise History of Poland""

Kochanski's extraordinary achievement is to bring together the threads of a story only known in fragments or through well-meaning fictional versions like Ian Serraillier's "The Silver Sword." This is the first fully comprehensive account in English of Poland's war. It is also a brilliant exercise in historiography, showing how the myths and misconceptions that surround the Polish story were constructed and reinforced.--Brian Morton"The Herald (Scotland)" (11/03/2012)

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