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The Magic Lantern is one of those rare books that define a historic moment, written by a brilliant witness who was also a participant in epochal events. Whether covering Poland’s first free parliamentary elections—in which Solidarity found itself in the position of trying to limit the scope of its victory—or sitting in at the meetings of an unlikely coalition of bohemian intellectuals and Catholic clerics orchestrating the liberation of Czechoslovakia, Garton Ash writes with enormous sympathy and power.

This book is a stunningly evocative portrait of the revolutions that swept Communism from Eastern Europe in 1989 and whose aftereffects are still being felt today. As Garton Ash writes in an incisive new afterword, from the perspective of three decades later: “Freedom’s battle is never finally won. It must be fought anew in every generation.”

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"[Garton Ash''s] own involvement in these events, intellectual and emotional, is of such intensity that he can speak...from the inside as well as from the outside. Yet the sense of historic dimension...is never lost. And the quality of the writing places it clearly in the category of good literature." -- George Kennan

"Along with the historian''s long view, Gatton Ash has an eye and an ear for the telling detail." -- Washington Past Book World

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"A wonderful combination of first-class reporting, brilliant political analysis and reflection."--The New York Times Book Review

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The Magic Lantern is one of those rare books that define a history moment, written by a brilliant witness who was also a participant in epochal events. Whether covering Poland''s first free parliamentary elections--in which Solidarity found itself in the position of trying to limit the scope of its victory--or sitting in at the meetings of an unlikely coalition of bohemian intellectuals and Catholic clerics orchestrating the liberation of Czechoslovakia, Garton Ash writes with sympathy and power.

About the Author

Timothy Garton Ash is the author of ten books of “history of the present” which have explored many facets of Europe over the last half-century. He is Professor of European Studies, University of Oxford, Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He also writes a column on international affairs in the Guardian, which is widely syndicated, and is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, amongst other journals. His books include The File: A Personal History, In Europe’s Name: Germany and the Divided Continent and, most recently, Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World. Awards he has received for his writing include the International Charlemagne Prize and the George Orwell Prize. The Magic Lantern, originally published in 1990, has been translated into twenty languages .

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Graham
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An inside account of the revolutions of ''89
Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2007
An often eye-witness account of the democratic revolutions of 1989 in Poland, Hungary, East Germany and Czechoslovakia. The writing is a little uneven but it provides an excellent inside account of exceptional historic events. Ash left me with a very strong... See more
An often eye-witness account of the democratic revolutions of 1989 in Poland, Hungary, East Germany and Czechoslovakia.

The writing is a little uneven but it provides an excellent inside account of exceptional historic events. Ash left me with a very strong sense of the contingent and uncertain nature of the revolutions. Miscommunications, errors, spur-of-the-moment statements, all combined to move events forward much, much more quickly than any of the participants expected.

Yet these succeeded in being peaceful revolutions, driven by a deliberate choice by their leaders to take and hold the moral high ground. There was a corresponding inner collapse by the existing authorities, who really had nothing to which they themselves were committed or could fight to defend.

I found this an inspiring tonic after reading Richard Evans'' grim "The Third Reich in Power". Ash has left me feeling much more optimistic about human nature!
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... written in the spring of 1990 -- but it''s great first-hand coverage of the events of 1989 in Warsaw
Reviewed in the United States on October 7, 2015
It''s dated -- written in the spring of 1990 -- but it''s great first-hand coverage of the events of 1989 in Warsaw, Budapest, E. Berlin, and Prague. The Prague narrative is the best, as you see how a group of artists and dissidents went from discussing protest actions to... See more
It''s dated -- written in the spring of 1990 -- but it''s great first-hand coverage of the events of 1989 in Warsaw, Budapest, E. Berlin, and Prague. The Prague narrative is the best, as you see how a group of artists and dissidents went from discussing protest actions to discovering, somewhat to their owm amazement, that the government was peacefully falling into their hands.
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Great story of the collapse of communism from the street level
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Awesome first hand account of the collapse of communism in Europe as it happened in the streets.
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Ash is like a fly on the wall during all of the ...
Reviewed in the United States on June 10, 2016
Ash is like a fly on the wall during all of the revolutions in Eastern Europe. I have no idea how he managed to be present at crucial planning meetings and to be a witness to events, but I have enjoyed reading his book!
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School book
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Personal reaction to revolution
Reviewed in the United States on June 7, 2016
This book was not particularly well written, and while it does include some interesting information about the 1989-90 revolutions it is too much from the "I was there" school of writing.
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Present at the Fall of the Iron Curtain
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I''ve never read anything quite like this. The author was present in several eastern European countries for the fall of the iron curtain and the ad hoc formation of new governments. He gives the flavor of the crowds, the leaders, the rooms in which they met, the fear and... See more
I''ve never read anything quite like this. The author was present in several eastern European countries for the fall of the iron curtain and the ad hoc formation of new governments. He gives the flavor of the crowds, the leaders, the rooms in which they met, the fear and exhilaration, as well as the practical problems, the arguments and solutions offered. It''s amazing journalism about an amazing time, and especially interesting perhaps now, as Russia flexes itself again.
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This books is a must read for all students studying the Cold War. The literature I read before, including the ones I read when I was studying the Cold War at Yale, was cold and emotionless. This book makes you understand and examine more closely the states of mind of people... See more
This books is a must read for all students studying the Cold War. The literature I read before, including the ones I read when I was studying the Cold War at Yale, was cold and emotionless. This book makes you understand and examine more closely the states of mind of people who went through the event in their daily lives, instead of just listing all the events and dates out.
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It is a very good book, describing the transition period in the main former Eastern European, Warsaw Pact countries, from a well - known historian. Exciting!
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