Poland

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In this sweeping novel, James A. Michener chronicles eight tumultuous centuries as three Polish families live out their destinies. The Counts Lubonski, the petty nobles Bukowksi, and the peasants Buk are at some times fiercely united, at others tragically divided. With an inspiring tradition of resistance to brutal invaders, from the barbarians to the Nazis, and a heritage of pride that burns through eras of romantic passion and courageous solidarity, their common story reaches a breathtaking culmination in the ...

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Overview

In this sweeping novel, James A. Michener chronicles eight tumultuous centuries as three Polish families live out their destinies. The Counts Lubonski, the petty nobles Bukowksi, and the peasants Buk are at some times fiercely united, at others tragically divided. With an inspiring tradition of resistance to brutal invaders, from the barbarians to the Nazis, and a heritage of pride that burns through eras of romantic passion and courageous solidarity, their common story reaches a breathtaking culmination in the historic showdown between the ruthless Communists and rebellious farmers of the modern age. Like the heroic land that is its subject, Poland teems with vivid events, unforgettable characters, and the unfolding drama of an entire nation.
 
Praise for Poland
 
“Engrossing . . . a page-turner in the grand Michener tradition.”The Washington Post
 
“A Michener epic is far more than a bedtime reader, it’s an experience. Poland is a monumental effort, a magnificent guide to a better understanding of the country’s tribulations.”Chicago Tribune
 
“Stunning . . . an unmatched overview of Polish history . . . The families themselves come very much alive, and through them, Poland itself.”USA Today
 
“A titanic documentary novel.”The Wall Street Journal

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“Engrossing . . . a page-turner in the grand Michener tradition.”The Washington Post
 
“A Michener epic is far more than a bedtime reader, it’s an experience. Poland is a monumental effort, a magnificent guide to a better understanding of the country’s tribulations.”Chicago Tribune
 
“Stunning . . . an unmatched overview of Polish history . . . The families themselves come very much alive, and through them, Poland itself.”USA Today
 
“A titanic documentary novel.”The Wall Street Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449205877
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1984
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 616
  • Sales rank: 128,181
  • Product dimensions: 4.19 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

James A. Michener was one of the world’s most popular writers, the author of more than forty books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Tales of the South Pacific, the bestselling novels The Source, Hawaii, Alaska, Chesapeake, Centennial, Texas, Caribbean, and Caravans, and the memoir The World Is My Home. Michener served on the advisory council to NASA and the International Broadcast Board, which oversees the Voice of America. Among dozens of awards and honors, he received America’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977, and an award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 1983 for his commitment to art in America. Michener died in 1997 at the age of ninety.

Biography

James Albert Michener is a Pulitzer prize-winning author reknowned for his historical epics. A prolific novelist and relentless researcher, Michener wrote over books. Despite his substantial commercial success, he was known to be a humble man and a was an active philanthropist. His many beloved works include Tales of the South Pacific, which was adapted for Broadway and film as South Pacific, Hawaii and The Source.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Also Known As:
      James Albert Michener (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 3, 1907
    1. Date of Death:
      October 16, 1997
    2. Place of Death:
      Austin, Texas

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2002

    Excellent Historic Fiction

    I cannot think of a book that I have read in the past which engrossed me so thoroughly! From the minute I picked it up I couldn't help but donate all my free time to reading it. What I found predominately set this book apart from others was it's ability to not only tell the history of Poland, but relate the history of the entire European continent, and all it's countries through just it's most eastern one, Poland. I was extremely impressed with how Michener was able to display the the history of this country accurately, through ficticous families. This method puts you inside the history and makes you part of it. His ability to not get "stuck" on politically popular points in history (such as not focusing entirely on the holocaust, or Russian occupation) and keeping it as an "indepth overview", so to speak, of the nations history is what kept me reading. I reccomend it to all who have a passion for history. This is not just a historically accurate depicition of Poland, it was quite possibly the best, and most entertaining source of historical information I have ever come across.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2001

    Na Zdrowie!

    From Genghis Khan's Mongol-Tatar invasions to Lech Walesa's solidarity movement, the novel intertwines historical figures and facts with a fictional tale of three Polish families - counts, minor nobles, and peasants. Poland's fascinating history comes alive and an understanding of its people emerges. Na zdrowie! (Cheers!)

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2011

    Enjoyable!!!

    Definitely highly recommended book, Michener provides an unforgettable image about Poland's glorious past. Though not always accurate in historical details, you will enjoy reading every page of the book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Michener at his best. Great historical novel set in central europe.

    Great insight into Polish and Jewish peoples and how the Nazis and others imposed the most cruel genocide in human history.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2014

    As a German Studies major at Columbia University, I am always on

    As a German Studies major at Columbia University, I am always on the look out for Poland and its relationship of same. I love this book--fictional as it is. The research is tremendous and the story telling audacious. Mixed with dialogue, Michener brings the terrible tragedies of Poland to the fore. I highly recommend the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2011

    Hope you have good eyes!

    Unless you have really good eyes do not buy this paperback! The print is jammed into each page and is too small to read. The book should have been made a little bigger so the print was not so small. I had to return the book. I am starting to see this in more and more books...Check before you buy!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2000

    Fiction and fantasies

    J. A. Michener's Poland , paperback page 65 reads as follows: ...Teutonic Knights who crept out of Germany to occupy the Baltic seacoast- which should normally have been part of Poland-acted under the Pope... Fact: Tacitus in 98 AD states in the Germania- that the Suebi - Goths - Aesti (Prussi) live at the Mare Suebicum in Germania. Fact: Before the birth of Christ and Ptolemy ca 150 AD described Magna Germania and the Goths at the Vistula river with the West Baltic Galinder and Sudauer Borusci-Prussi to the east(Aesti). Fact: 550 AD Jordanis describes the Aesti-Prussi as part of the Gothic empire under Theodoric the Great. First record of the Polanen was made mid 900's ,when Miezko I and son Boleslaw I Chrobry received land on loan from the German kings/emperors Otto I,II,III . For this they pledged allegiance to the German kings. Then they went conquering to the north,east, west and south. 1920 and 1945-49 the communists and allies from the Soviet Union and Poland illegally removed the oiginal Prussia-German population. Michener echoes this 'original Polish land' fantasy.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 17, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2014

    FRONT WALL

    A solid thirty foot wall that rings the castle epuipped with gates , ballistaes ,catapults, a moat on the outside, and pitch buckets mounted on the wall. The wall has a walkway divided into sections by guard towers and little stone bunkers to shield troops from rocks. Any attacking army must first get past this.

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