|Pages: 422||Width: 6.00 inches.|
|Publication Date: 10/1993||Height: 9.50 inches.|
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"Adam Zamoyski's The Polish Way is a stunner; a comprehensive history of Poland...Clear, calm, beautifully written, its scope is enormous, its story enthralling and its illustrations magnificent."
--Bernard Levin, The Times of London
"Mr. Zamoyski, although born in New York and educated at Oxford, writes as an insider. Is this because the Zamoyskis have for the last 400 years been playing a leading role in Poland, a role often characterized by a greater public spirit and sense of responsibility than those possessed by the other magnate families? Mr. Zamoyski believes there is a need for a new synthesis of Poland's past because of the heavily nationalist and political coloring of existing works. 'Foreign historians,' he writes, 'have patronised, while Poles have fought back with all the handicaps of the besieged.' He strives to place Polish history more squarely in its European context, and he pays special attention to developments that had repercussions beyond the boundaries of the country. For example, he emphasizes the phenomenon of the Polish parliamentary state in Central Europe, its spectacular 16th century success and its equally spectacular disintegration two centuries later...This is popular history at its best, neither shallow nor simplistic...lavish illustrations, good maps and intriguing charts and genealogical tables make this book particularly attractive."
--New York Times Book Review