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  • Paperback: 508 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (June 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1425918387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425918385
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,988,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Janice Miller on February 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
Whether your interest in Poland is for business, pleasure or genealogy, start with Alicja Deck-Partyka's book, Poland: A Unique Country and its People.

The true value of this intelligent book is its fascinating scope and breadth. The reader will know something about everything Polish; from the history, customs, fine arts, sports, and famous Poles to the 24 authentic recipes towards the end. For those who need more detail, the author includes an impressive 7 pages of bibliography that would endear her to any researcher. This book is an insider's guide to the current realities in Poland.

The business traveler would find this book particularly helpful because the customs and social economics of Poland are well presented for the outsider to grasp. The reader is brought up to date about the government, leading industries, transportation, and the current topics of the day.

The genealogist researching family history would benefit from learning the historical and cultural setting the ancestors lived in. I recommend this user friendly book to genealogists researching Polish records to get oriented to names, places, and events that shaped family heritage that reaches back to Poland.

After reading this book, a polish descendent will buy an airline ticket to Poland for sure.

For any traveler who wants to know more about Poland before you get off the plane, this book would make your homework a pleasure. If you can't do the homework, read this book on the plane. Have a great trip.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard R. Blake TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
In this impressive volume Alicja Deck-Partyka has captured the heart of Poland's culture, people, and history. The book covers a span of history, from the Slavs who occupied the Vistula River basin at the end of the Neolithic Age to the newly organized Independent and Democratic Poland instituted in 1990.

The author has detailed the country's turbulent past. Poland is a country between the East and the West of Europe. Every conflict in Europe has had an impact on Poland, killing people and destroying the country. Significant events in Polish history, wars, battles, and recovery are described. Poles have suffered more than any other nation in the world. Poland has a rich history.

"Poland" is an enormous effort, and an outstanding guide to a better understanding of this heroic country. Extremely well written with thorough and extensive well documented research, the book is divided into five sections: History, geography, government, economy, and culture. Written with both breadth and depth the reader gets an all-inclusive panoramic view of Poland's rich history and people.

I was surprised to learn of Poland's abundance in natural resources, the numerous National Parks, and diversity of wildlife. Deck-Partyka covered the scope of changes in government and the impact these changes have had on Poland's economy.

I particularly enjoyed the section on Polish culture with detailed descriptions of their traditions and customs. A chapter dedicated to Polish proverbs captured some unique wisdom: "A guest sees more in an hour that the host sees in a year." And, "Friends in need get to know each other.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Hunter on November 3, 2006
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"Poland: A Unique Country and Its People" is not only a history book but an encyclopedia of information. This book teaches the history, geography, government, economy and culture of Poland. It's huge, there is more information here than I even thought I wanted to know. There's so much interesting stuff, my favorite parts are: Folklore & Legends, Unique Polish Customs, Social & Business Etiquette, Distinctive Food & Drink and the Polish Recipes. It's great for people with a Polish family history or those who just want to learn more about Poland.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mona MacDonald Tippins on November 17, 2006
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I found this book to be very helpful, not only for travelers to Poland, but for business travelers also. The author has brought it all together in a format that is easy and interesting to read. Cheers for the helpful Polish translations.
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