- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (March 19, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679744991
- ISBN-13: 978-0679744993
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
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The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism Paperback – March 19, 1996
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In three newly democratic countries in Eastern Europe (East Germany, the Czech Republic, and Poland), communism's former victims and jailers are struggling to make sense of their history - and sometimes rewrite it. In this groundbreaking, stylishly reported book, a journalist travels across the battlefields of memory and asks: Who is guilty? How shall they be punished? And who is qualified to judge them in states where almost every citizen was an accomplice? Seeking the hard answers to these questions, Tina Rosenberg tells of conscience and complicity, courage and optimism. Winner of the National Book Award for Non-fiction.
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MacArthur fellow Rosenberg's National Book Award-winning look at the uneasy transition from communism in eastern Europe.
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I found Rosenberg’s frequent use of I very distracting, and found her writing style somewhat lacking. I would rate the book as a five star if it was only about East Germany. My recommendation is bypass the Czechoslovakia and Poland chapters.
Her stories are accessable, powerful and very complex. She is not perfect, and she is in many ways not claiming to be. What she is though is a great journalist who asks great questions and dares to look past the most simple answers.
This book is powerful because you cannot read even one single page without thinking what would I have done in that situation. You are forced to see the world of the former eastern European nations not through rose colored glasses (good students, bad communists), but by looking at the real people and the real decisions that they made.
I love Garton Ash's work, and i have a good deal of his writing on Europe. He however has a tendency towards lionizing the rebels, where as Rosenberg always looks at them for what they are. I think they each see truth and perhaps a different form of that truth.
Her book is again a ringing testimony to the wisdom of our form of government and the blessings of this country. It also does though beg a question of how the war on terror will change our intelligence activities domestically. As with our athletes who seem 20 years behind the East German swimmers in their adoption of performance enhancing drugs, i hope our government has the wisdom to read and understand the lessons of books like these.
A great and profound book in the packaging of a much easier to digest story. This and Stassiland (along with the movie The Lives of Others) makes a great Western view of what was east of the wall.
Happy New Year to all.
How Poles responded to their individual assessment of the threat of a Soviet invasion certainly resonates with events in today's Ukraine. The struggles in all of these countries to emerge from the darkness and control of dictatorship into the unfamiliar blinding light of democracy also resonates with today's struggles in Arab countries.
Also: a positive word for Citybooks@bellsouth.net, which sent a book that was in like new condition for a very good price