Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948

Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948

Drawing on her own memory, her parents’ written reflections, interviews with contemporaries, and newly-available documents, former US Secretary of State and New York Times bestselling author Madeleine Albright recounts a tale that is by turns harrowing and inspiring.

Before she turned twelve, Madeleine Albright’s life was shaken by some of the most cataclysmic events of the 20th century: the Nazi invasion of her native Prague, the Battle of Britain, the attempted… (more)

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The "remembrance" promised in the title is scant and often disconnected from the action. Albright was a child listening for air raid sirens in England, while the men and women who fought and suffered were deep in the continent, unknown to her. More than a memoir, this is a book of facts and action, a chronicle of a war in progress from a partisan faithful to the idea of Czechoslovakian democracy.

“Few sentiments,” says Albright, “are expressed more often than gratitude,” but in “Prague Winter” this gratitude doesn’t run to the least amount of thanks to a country that came to her family’s aid — twice. Without the sanctuary provided by Great Britain, Albright would almost certainly have died in Theresienstadt or Auschwitz like many of her family members.

Although much is conventional history, the unconventional—the personal—animates and brightens the narrative.


Book Details  


Publisher: Harper (April 24, 2012)

Parent ISBN: 9780062030344

Page count: 480 pages

File size: 5.3 MB

Language: English


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