on February 10, 2013
In his book, Bryant gives us a powerful look at the complicated experiences and expectations of a country forced to live under the unyeilding hands of an occupier. It asks questions about nationality, patriotism, bravery, and survival. What is national identity and what are we willing to do to keep it? Can a nation survive and grow with more than one identity? What makes us who we are - language, art, custom, politics? How can we express ourselves when we in the midst of having our culture forcibly replaced? What is patriotism - day-to-day survival of oneself and family or heroic activities which may lead to the death of many innocents? Who understands and/or experiences the actual events and their repercussions - those on scene or those with a distant viewpoint such as a government in exile? What is winning and what was lost along the way to victory? Bryant enables the reader to closely relate to the conflict, frustration, fear, anger, desire for retribution, and myriad of other emotions and uncertainties that were surely felt by the people of Prague in the time of Nazi rule. Inevitably, you will find yourself asking "What would I have done?" A must read.
on May 31, 2008
This book is a must for anyone interested in 20th Century Central European history. The Author Chad Bryant, does a very through job in helping an American of Czech descent, understand what happened in detail to the Czech people,with both positive and negative results of what can happen to a people under control,desparate for survival.