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Full Circle: A Homecoming to Free Poland Hardcover – June 12, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (June 12, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684811022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684811024
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,036,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Sikorski, a journalist who was deputy defense minister in the first Solidarity government, weaves the dramatic events of Poland's recent history into his own return from exile. At his book's center is a project to restore his family's manor house?"my contribution to rebuilding Poland, and a last battle against the Communists." Sikorski relives his childhood and daily life in Communist Poland and also writes passionately about his parents' lives during World War II. The most intriguing portions of his book deal with the early days of Solidarity and the risks involved for anyone who participated (the author had to flee to England for several years). He also delves into the history of the town of Bydgoszcz, where his house is located. Sikorski connects the dramatic political and cultural changes of postcommunism to the daily lives of average people and proclaims that a "civilizational revolution" has occurred. Valuable for its depiction of communism's profound impact, this is recommended for academic and large public libraries.?Thomas A. Karel, Franklin & Marshall Coll. Lib., Lancaster, Pa.
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From Booklist

Involved in Poland's Solidarity movement as a young man, Sikorski went on to become a journalist of international repute; and after years in exile, he returned to Poland, where he served briefly as a government minister. Essentially a celebration of his efforts to rebuild a rural manor house, Sikorski's book pays homage to these rural Polish buildings, which in the mind of the author are symbols of his homeland's cultural heritage. In chronicling an adventure in renovation and reconstruction, Sikorski seizes the opportunity to explore Polish history, preserving fragments of his own family's story and reminiscing about the experience of growing up under Communist rule. Sikorski writes with considerable ease, imbuing his candid saga of childhood memories and historical events with a satisfying relevance. Alice Joyce

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 1997
Format: Hardcover
If you are interested in the history of Poland, and want to learn about contemporary life in that country, but are tired of reading dry accounts written by someone without a real connection to the country and its people... this book is for you!

I enjoyed the manner in which Mr. Sikorski provides both a personal and national history, woven together to keep the reader interested. I would have enjoyed more details about the actual reconstruction of his manor house. However, his insights into the post-Communist government, it strengths and weaknesses, and his accounts of involvement in the Solidarity movement were very interesting.

I hope he writes another installment when he eventually finishes the manor house and the current Polish government has a chance to play out its role in Polish and world history.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
When Poland emerged from under the mantle of Communism I followed the news avidly. This is the reality of what was going on behind the scenes. I have, for example, completely changed my mind about Walesa. It's a great read but I must criticize it for being too sparse with it's stories. Having been in such a priveleged position the author surely must have been able to give us more. I echo the sentiment that there must be a follow up. The juxtaposition of reconstructing your house while helping to reconstruct your nation is beautiful!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sonia Brodziak on August 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Good book, describing how Poland was progressing after the communist era. During the communist period Poland and his people were depending of the decisions from the central communist part in USSR (Russia)
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By carroll b. michalek on November 10, 2013
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A fascinating look at growing up under an oppressive government and how Poland has emerged and evolved as a free country.
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