25 Polish American Essentials

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God's Playground: A History of Poland, Vol. 1: The Origins to 1795 (Volume 1)
1.  God's Playground: A History of Poland, Vol. 1: The Origins to 1795 (Volume 1) by Norman Davies
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  "While catholic-ethno-nationalists love polonophile-chauvinist Davies's reactionary apologetics the sheer depth of this work makes it essential reading. See also God's Playground: A History of Poland, Vol. 2: 1795 to the Present."
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Poland - A History
2.  Poland - A History by Adam Zamoyski
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  "Perhaps the finest single-volume history of Poland, without the chauvinism of Davies."
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Poland's Threatening Other: The Image of the Jew from 1880 to the Present
3.  Poland's Threatening Other: The Image of the Jew from 1880 to the Present by Joanna B. Michlic
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  "A masterful treatment of the rise of catholic-ethno-nationalism and institutionalized anti-Semitism in Poland."
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Poland (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
4.  Poland (Eyewitness Travel Guides) by Craig Turp
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  "The very best Polish travel guide."
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With Fire and Sword (The Trilogy, Book I)
5.  With Fire and Sword (The Trilogy, Book I) by Henryk Sienkiewicz
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  "The first book of Henryk Sienkiewicz's mammoth "Trilogy" epic depicting the end of Poland's Golden Age. The second book is "The Deluge" followed by "Fire in the Steppe" (Pan Wolodyjowski)."
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A History of the Polish Americans
6.  A History of the Polish Americans by John J. Bukowczyk
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  "Probably the finest history of American Polonia."
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Polish Americans
7.  Polish Americans by Helena Znaniecka Lopata
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  "An outstanding sociological study of American Polonia."
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Polish Americans: An Ethnic Community (Twayne's Immigrant Heritage of America Series)
8.  Polish Americans: An Ethnic Community (Twayne's Immigrant Heritage of America Series) by James S. Pula
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  "A fantastic history of American Polonia."
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The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution
9.  The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution by Alex Storozynski
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  "A very readable history of an American and Polish hero."
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Traitors & True Poles: Narrating A Polish-American Identity, 1880-1939 (Polish and Polish American Studies)
10.  Traitors & True Poles: Narrating A Polish-American Identity, 1880-1939 (Polish and Polish American Studies) by Karen Majewski
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  "A revealing look at the literature of our Polish American forbears."
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Shoulder to Shoulder: Polish Americans in Rochester, New York, 1890-2000
11.  Shoulder to Shoulder: Polish Americans in Rochester, New York, 1890-2000 by Kathleen Urbanic
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  "A fantastic history of a typical "Rust Belt" Polish American community."
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Some Good in the World: A Life of Purpose
12.  Some Good in the World: A Life of Purpose by Edward J. Piszek
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  "Philanthropist and businessman, Ed Piszek, takes on the "dumb Polak" joke craze during the 60's and 70's."
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A Polish Son in the Motherland: An American's Journey Home
13.  A Polish Son in the Motherland: An American's Journey Home by Leonard Kniffel
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  "A Polish American visits the country of his ancestors."
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Polish-American Folklore (Folklore and Society)
14.  Polish-American Folklore (Folklore and Society) by Deborah Anders Silverman
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  "Silverman captures all of the customs and rituals of Polish Americana."
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Polka Happiness (Visual Studies)
15.  Polka Happiness (Visual Studies) by Charles Keil
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  "Polka was an essential element of American Polonia. This volume is a wonderful history of Polish American polka music."
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The Clarinet Polka: A Novel
16.  The Clarinet Polka: A Novel by Keith Maillard
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  "Perhaps the finest novel of the fading golden years of Polish Americana."
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Polonaise: Stories
17.  Polonaise: Stories by Anthony Bukoski
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  "Anthony Bukoski's short story collections are among the very finest examples of Polish American literature. His books include "Time Bewteen Trains," "Polonaise," Children of Strangers," and "North of the Port.""
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Sarmatian Review
18.  Sarmatian Review Magazine Subscription Polish Inst of Houston
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  "The Sarmatian Review is a scholarly, triannual publication of the Polish Institute of Houston.
http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~sarmatia/
FYI - This publication has a decidedly right-wing bent and panders to the Kaczynski religious-nationalists."
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The Polish Review, LIV, nr. 2, 2009
19.  The Polish Review, LIV, nr. 2, 2009 by Zbigniew Brzezinski
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  "The Polish Review is a scholarly journal published quarterly by the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America.
http://www.piasa.org/pr.html"
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Polish American Studies (Articles and reviews, including a major article on Louis William Geck, Patriarch of Territorial New Mexico, Volume 39, No. 2, Autumn 1982)
20.  Polish American Studies (Articles and reviews, including a major article on Louis William Geck, Patriarch of Territorial New Mexico, Volume 39, No. 2, Autumn 1982) by Francis C. Kajencki and others
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  "Polish American Studies is a scholarly journal published bi-anually by the Polish American Historical Association"
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Andrzej Wajda: Three War Films (A Generation / Kanal / Ashes & Diamonds) (The Criterion Collection)
21.  Andrzej Wajda: Three War Films (A Generation / Kanal / Ashes & Diamonds) (The Criterion Collection) DVD ~ Zbigniew Cybulski
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  "Wajda's Three War Films are must-see's for students of Poland."
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The Decalogue
22.  The Decalogue DVD ~ Artur Barcis
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  "Anything by Poland's master film director, Krzysztof Kieslowski, is worth seeing. Start with the Decalogue, ten hour-length films that go to the very core of the Polish soul."
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In Heaven There Is No Beer? - Les Blank
23.  In Heaven There Is No Beer? - Les Blank 
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  "A documentary of the Polish American polka scene. The DVD version can be ordered directly from Flower Films:
http://www.lesblank.com/"
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Monster's Ball
24.  Monster's Ball DVD ~ Billy Bob Thornton
The list author says:
  "Polish American Hank Grotowski (Billy Bob Thornton) starts out as the meanest SOB around. By the end of the film, Hank is the happiest and luckiest SOB this side of the Vistula. Must be something to do with his gorgeous new girlfriend, Leticia "Can you make me feel good?" Musgrove (Halle Berry in her Oscar winning role)."
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Gorecki: Symphony, No. 3, Opus 36
25.  Gorecki: Symphony, No. 3, Opus 36 by Henryk Gorecki
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  "The sorrowful history of Poland put to symphony. Magnificent and deeply moving."
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