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Solidarity's Secret: The Women Who Defeated Communism in Poland Hardcover – April 4, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press; 1st Printing edition (April 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0472113852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472113859
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,581,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This important book explores one of the most pivotal periods in Polish history and deals with a topic nearly everyone else overlooked. Shana Penn's study begins with a simple question I wish I had thought more about myself: once the leadership of Solidarity had been arrested during the 1981 military coup, who kept the movement alive over the following months and years? The answer will surprise you, as Penn delves into the lives of seven Polish women activists who rose to the call, set about saving an entire political movement, and in time turned themselves into some of the most powerful women in Poland today." - Lech Walesa, former President of Poland and winner of the 1983 Nobel Peace Prize" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Shana Penn is a visiting scholar at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She directs the Jewish Heritage Initiative in Poland, a philanthropic program of the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture, based in San Francisco. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JD on May 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
What an amazing story! I can't believe that I've never heard about

these women. On the other hand, I'm not surprised that history and

patriarchy consigned this story to the remainder's bin. For a book

from

an academic press "Solidarity's Secret" is very readable and lively.

Just imagine how many similar secrets there must be throughout

history,

the old "power behind the throne" tale. Come on journalists and

historians! Look below the surface!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ralph W. Benson on June 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is an amazing story and a great read. Like many, I have known of Lech Walensa, the Solidarity movement in general and marshall law in Poland in the 80's; but it's really interesting to learn how the movement was kept alive underground by a remarkable cast of women. Shana Penn's book combines aspects of Rosie the Riveter, underground intrigue and an intimate look at how history really unfolds. It is a many layered story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grannyles on October 16, 2005
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This is a "behind the scenes" look at the half the Solidarity story which has never been told. Important for history buffs, feminists and anyone else who wants to know about the inner politics of one of the most fascinating and high profile revolutions during Communists times.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AIG on June 5, 2005
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The basic premise of Penn's book is very important. Contemporary political science tends to regurgitate a few unquestioned premises. Many books on communist cultures rely on facile answers to complex phenomena. Few account for gender in an integrated fashion. That's why Penn's book makes such a valuable contribution. Hers is the best sort of revisionist research. At a time when our own American journalists are being both spoon-fed and censored, it is refreshing to see a writer who goes to primary sources and digs beneath the received conventional wisdom. I found this book to be clear and thought-provoking. It should be taught in a variety of fields, such as political science, sociology, and media studies, and of course, gender and Slavic studies.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jelly D on June 6, 2005
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What an amazing story! I can't believe that I've never heard about

these women. On the other hand, I'm not surprised that history and

patriarchy consigned this story to the remainder's bin. For a book from

an academic press "Solidarity's Secret" is very readable and lively.

Just imagine how many similar secrets there must be throughout history,

the old "power behind the throne" tale. Come on journalists and historians! Look below the surface!
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