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Open Letters: Selected Writings, 1965-1990 Reprint Edition

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A stirring collection of political essays, letters, speeches, autobiographical sketches, interviews and musings, mostly from the years that Havel, now Czechoslovakia's president, spent as his nation's leading dissident.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This selection of Havel's 25 best essays written since 1965 is a fascinating chronicle of the development and ideas of the greatly admired Czechoslovakian dissident turned president. Whether he muses on Gorbachev, his harassment by the police, or the ever-present danger of injustices being committed in service of noble words, Havel writes with clarity, wit, eloquence, a steadfast optimism, and remarkable courage. Although some of the pieces were already published in Vaclav Havel, or Living in Truth ( LJ 8/87), such as the influential essays on the nature of totalitarianism ("Power of the Powerless") and on the global crises of human responsibility ("Politics and Conscience"), this is an important book that belongs in both academic and public libraries.
- Marie Bednar, Pennsylvania State Univ. Libs., University Park
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (June 2, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679738118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679738114
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 1997
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Vaclav Havel has been called "the greatest moral thinker of our time" and "a sort of EuroGhandi." While most noted as a playwright, Havel's most important works have been of prose; essays such as "Power of the Powerless" and his "Open Letter to Gustav Husak" allowed his nation to retain hope under brutal conditions. Now, Havel's greatest essays, from the early sixties to his "New Year's Address" after his 1989 election to the presidency, have been collected in a volume that will, unlike most political texts, make you think as well as feel.

The most impressive of Havel's essays would have to be "Power of the Powerless" which was written in only a few days during the mid-1970's at the urging of a Polish dissident. It stresses that, when a government holds its citizens actions, words and even minds at bay, that gives the citizens a power that the government can only dream of; the power of truth. This idea of truth, which is contained in one form or another in all of Havel's writings, serves as the very basis of his political thought, which outlines man's current journey towards moral politics. A thought-provoking and deeply illuminating book
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By glasnos on October 25, 2012
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I first heard about this book on NPR. for anyone interested in reading about the trouble with Politics and how far off course America has gone, here is someone capable of disecting the same collection of bad actors in a different country not too long ago. Havel is a master at uncovering the truth and exposing those who are out to destroy democracy and have most of us living in a system where only the few make out. He's right along side the greatest writers or all time.
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By Digital Dealer on November 28, 2014
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Great price, quick service -- a classic for those wanting to understand Czech modern literature.
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