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"...a remarkable contribution to the studies of Polish (and more generally East European) economic transformation. ... It is also a brilliant introduction to applied Catholic social thought." -- Kacper Szulecki, HABSBURG H-Net Reviews

"To my knowledge, Gerald J. Beyer is the first scholar to investigate seriously the concept of 'solidarity' itself. In a book that is both rigorous and passionate, he offers a fresh analysis of Poland’s path since 1989. ...One hopes that his book will be widely read, in Poland as well, and will contribute to a renaissance of solidarity—a fitting wish for Solidarity’s fourth decade.” -- Padraic Kenney, Slavic Review

"Beyer's work represents a long overdue incorporation of the central and eastern European experience into contemporary ethical discussions...this is a very valuable contribution to the current discussion about Catholic social teaching from a part of the world that rarely gets a hearing in such discussions." -- John Pawlikowski, Theological Studies

“...[T]his work represents a valuable addition to thinking about post-Soviet-run Poland. Its author asks readers to think about ‘big things’ while offering them the opportunity to learn a good deal about modern Poland and some of the ideas its intellectuals have been grappling with." -- Donald E. Pienkos, The Polish Review

“The book is an excellent case study of how Catholic social teaching could be lived in a concrete situation.  Beyer provides an impressive overview of Polish social life since 1989 based on extensive research … ” -- Matthew Shadle, Political Theology

“The book is uniquely valuable in drawing on Polish language literature as well as interactions with key Polish leaders. It provides an excellent introduction to contemporary Catholic social thought … Beyer’s passion and clarity make for a strong book.” -- John P. Burgess, Religious Studies Review

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"Recovering Solidarity uses a multidisciplinary approach to probe Poland's resistance movement for a deeper understanding of the potential of solidarity in modern society. This book shines a light on the contradictions of the phenomenon--both in our understanding of what it means to act 'in solidarity' and in the development of Poland's social movement. Beyer's sophisticated and subtle treatment of the dimensions of poverty in contemporary Poland helps the reader understand its broader implications. His observations are acute, his arguments clear, and his mastery of the literature impressive." -- Maryjane Osa, Northwestern University

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