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by James A. Michener

The Back Cover

Like the heroic land that is its subject, James Michener's Poland teems with vivid events and unforgettable characters in the sweeping span of eight tumultuous centuries. In a tradition of resistance to barbarian Tatar invaders and brutal Nazi occupiers, with a heritage of pride that burns through eras of romantic passion and courageous solidarity, three Polish families live out their destinies - and the drama of a nation.

Here are the Counts Lubonski, the petty nobles Bukowski, and the peasants Buk - at times fiercely united, at other times tragically divided - whose common story finds its breathtaking culmination in the historic showdown between implacable Communists and rebellious farmers in our present day.

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The Location

img Satellite image of poland.

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The Timeline

When I get a little extra time I will put together a timeline for this book, but in the meantime, this link provides an excellent timeline of Polish history: Polish History

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My Comments

A very good overview of Polish history. Similar to Edward Rutherfurd's Russka in its broad scope of history and in the use of family histories to tie the story together through the centuries. Has a couple maps which are helpful, but no family trees which would have been nice. Not as memorable as Russka for me, but well worth reading.

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