- Hardcover: 752 pages
- Publisher: Pingora Press; 2nd edition (May 10, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0983656312
- ISBN-13: 978-0983656319
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #654,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unvanquished: Joseph Pilsudski, Resurrected Poland, and the Struggle for Eastern Europe Hardcover – May 10, 2012
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“A comprehensive, rich in detail, and very readable biography of Poland’s outstanding national hero.” —Zbigniew Brzezinski, former US National Security Advisor (1977–81), and trustee for the Center for Strategic and International Studies
“Hetherington warrants praise for the thoroughness of his research and the consistently engaging quality of his prose. His ability to sift through the lion's share of Polish and interweave that history with the singular life of freedom fighter, and eventual dictator, Joseph Pilsudski, is a remarkable feat . . . there's much to be enjoyed, and much to be learned.” —Kirkus
“A comprehensive, compelling biography . . . fascinating history. Like a novel you hate to put down, it is readable and captivating.” —Polish American Journal
“A riveting biography which reads almost like an adventure novel. It is well written and documented.” —Polish Weekly
“Hetherington tells the complete story of a man who stood at the center of the stage in Eastern Europe for more than a generation. The book rolls on at a detective-story pace. It is historically accurate without pedantry, and it creates suspense and excitement.” —Ewa Thompson, research professor of Slavic studies, Rice University
About the Author
Peter Hetherington holds degrees in geology from the University of Illinois and the University of Kentucky and has worked for more than 30 years as an explorationist. He lives in Houston.
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The book is admittedly long and detailed, and thus is very thorough, as any good biography should be. It is not for the faint of heart, due to its length and intensity, but for any student of Polish history written in English, it's really a must read--it will go a long way in helping you understand the Second Republic, the things that led to World War II, and post-war occupation and subjugation of a once proud nation. And it will give you great insight into the Polish heart and soul, and what led to Poland throwing off the yoke of communism so many years later. An excellent book, worth your time for any serious student of Poland's glorius and complex history.
Ron (Rondomanski) Randall, from the Wysocki Dwor Rondomanski's. a town about 30 miles west of Vilnia.
the Russians. Highly readable material towards reading the detailed history of the reasons for the war, details for the operations of the winning of this war.
I'm happy to say that it is Peter Hetherington (and not Davies) who finally got to write this superb biography. Not only do we get everything that a definitive biography of one of Poland's modern heroes demands [including a concise, and coherent, account of the nine centuries of Polish history leading up to the 20th, when "God ordered (Pilsudski) to live in Poland"], but he does it with a literary style that is probably beyond Davies' reach. For although Davies--arguably the greatest living historian on Poland--is brilliant, insightful and exhaustive, he can be dry as a bone. Hetherington, on the other hand, is also brilliant, insightful, and exhaustive, but his prose is rich as cream.
Readers are in for a treat. This book is a masterpiece.