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Prague Winter
Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 | Madeleine Albright
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A remarkable story of adventure and passion, tragedy and courage set against the backdrop of occupied Czechoslovakia and World War II. Vclav Havel From former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright comes a moving and thoughtful memoir of her formative years in Czechoslovakia during the tumult of Nazi occupation, World War II, fascism, and the onset of the Cold War. An intensely personal journey into the past that offers vital lessons for the future, Prague Winter combines the intimacy of an autobiography with the drama of an exciting and well-told storyall underpinned by the gravity and intelligence of a serious work of history. The result is a highly readable and incisive work filled with tragedy and triumph, a resonant narrative informed by Albrights remarkable life experience and her characteristic candor in speaking hard truths.
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Lynnsoprano
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The endpapers depict a scene I know so well. It‘s been too long, Praha!

Lindy lovely #endpapers 3mo
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Lynnsoprano
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This has been sitting on my shelf since Christmas, calling to me. Today I answered. Only a few pages in, but already fascinating.

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Insightsintobooks
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Lynnsoprano
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When your son-in-law gives your daughter a book for Christmas that she already owns, and it ends up under your tree😄

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44/52-🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5! This is an outstanding book that document historical events that took place during World War II, as well as sharing Dr Madeline Albright‘s family history. She is a brilliant writer and thinker. Above is the last paragraph of the book and I highly recommend reading it!

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Well said! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

JanuarieTimewalker13 Yes!!!👍🏽 12mo
tammysue 👏🏻😁 12mo
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Tjackson
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Making great progress on my weekend reading goals! The coffee helps! Happy Saturday!

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74% read of this 731 page book! I started it in late April and put it down after 350pages, but today should be the day to finish it! It is a wonderful book about a time in history that is terribly sad, but the stories need to be told and never forgotten.

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Tjackson
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Dr. Madeline Albright, former Secretary of State, got a D- in geography in 1st grade!!! She improved to a B. I would say she has improved to an AAAAA+ over the years.

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Reading this book makes me sad and angry. It is very informative and I wish more people would explore the atrocities of the past, so we don‘t repeat history - but we are repeating it right next now. The media is not the enemy of the state!

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Tjackson
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Car‘s still in the shop, didn‘t go to the office, walked to the grocery store for some basics. Now, I hope to read 100 pages of this wonderful book today!

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I started reading this book in May and stopped around page 350 of 731 pages. I‘m determined to finish reading this book this month. The stories make me sad and angry, but I am learning a lot. He is a brilliant person!

Mamashep Such a great book! 12mo
Tjackson @Mamashep I agree! 12mo
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I am learning a lot from this well-written book, but I was shocked last night when I realized it was 750 pages. When I downloaded it, clearly I did not pay attention. It may take me another month to finish it, but I won‘t give up. Being a slow reader really sucks!

Notafraidofwords I‘m a slow reader too 1y
MayJasper Me too. I marvel at those who race through twenty or more books a month. But I can only go at my own pace 1y
Tjackson @Notafraidofwords Thanks for sharing. It is good to know I am not the only one. 😀😀😀 1y
Tjackson @MayJasper Thanks! I am determined to read 52 books this year, but that means a lot time because of my slow pace. I think the slowness helps me savor it more. No way I could read 20 in a month unless we are talking pictures books.😀😀😀 1y
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Tjackson
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I started reading this book over a month ago and got distracted by 10 other books, so I back here. I am determined to finish reading it this week. Dr. Albright is an amazingly talented historian!!!

jpmcwisemorgan I have quite a few books I‘ve started and not finished and I need to get back to them! I can‘t help that there are so many books to read and I want to read them all right now. 1y
Tjackson @jpmcwisemorgan I do this all the time, but I am trying to get better at finishing each of them. 1y
Tjackson @jpmcwisemorgan I just realized why I took a break from this book....it is 750 pages!! I have read 270 pages so far. I may have to take another break. 1y
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Tjackson
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Happy Friday!!! Spending the day reading while waiting for doctors appointments. It is a good use of time. Still enjoying this book. I typically avoid books about WWII, but this is so different.

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Tjackson
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Making progress - 27% read, 21 more chapters and 520 pages to go!!!!

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Tjackson
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Part I ✅ only 543 more pages to go!! Very well written and I am learning a lot. Secretary Albright is just brilliant!!!!

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I am learning a lot more about WWII and it is from a different perspective. So happy the size of the book (750 pages) didn‘t intimidate me.

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I typically do not read books about war, but I am finding this one to be very informative and straight forward. I am learning so details about the war that I haven‘t encountered and I want to follow up by reading some biographies. 164 pages done - 750 pages total!

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Madeline Albright is gifted in many ways. I selected this book because it is about Prague and I am visiting Prague in November. I am learning so much from each page. Her writing style is perfect for me. Only 600 more pages to go in the 750 page book!!!

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Just 1% read of the 750 pages and I can already tell that I am going to enjoy this and learn a lot about Prague and Madeline Albright.

MellieAntoinette Hooray!!! 1y
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In December 2017, made my first trip to Shakespeare and Sons Bookstore and Cafe in Prague! I loved it and cannot wait to visit again this year. I picked up two books (although I wanted many more) and met another wanderer from the states while browsing the stacks. I have long admired Secretary Albright and cannot wait to read this book!

TheAnitaAlvarez Love that bookshop! I run into it while getting to the Kafka museum and stayed there for hours looking for books I wanted 2y
MsLeah8417 Me, too! I am fortunate to have family in Praha so I was given a book from the shop during their visit with me last March and then was taken there almost directly after arriving there in December. 😊 I cannot wait to go back to visit again in 2018 and this time I hope to sit and have tea and sit for a couple@of hours. 2y
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My bookish purchases yesterday. Off on a new adventure of this beautiful city today!

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"Twice in my lifetime, Central Europe has lost and regained its freedom." While this may not be an eyewitness account of WWII, it is a first hand remembrance of "the lessons of the Second World War which have been learned imperfectly." What Albright cannot show us about the war, she describes in vivid detail post WWII from the eyes of a young lady with a lifelong passion studying her homeland.

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"Let us never forget why this war began, how this war was fought or what this war was about. History did not end here in these fabled woods. It did not end in with the Nazi surrender or the fall of the Berlin Wall. Each generation is tested. Each generation must choose."

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Dear Madeleine - Really hard to take the enemy seriously when you call them the "loof waff." Sounds more like a recipe from Will It Waffle!! Signed - An otherwise happy reader! ?

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MellieAntoinette
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With August's "nonaggression" pact, German and Soviet troops rushed into Poland each conquering their own portion of the territory. The Poles, with minimal reserves to stop them, were outnumbered resulting in the fourth and final partition in Poland's history cutting a line through the heart of her territory - Germany to the northwest, Soviets to the southeast. The second world war had begun.

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"Stalin told his successor Nikita Khrushchev, 'Of course it's all a game to see who can fool whom. I know what Hitler is up to. He thinks he's smarted me, but actually it's I who have tricked him.'"

On signing the non-aggression pact of August 1939

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"Old Town had always been filled with markets. New Town, so called because it was not settled until the 14th century, was more residential and greener with ample space for forested groves and parks. Prague's past is written in the statues, synagogue walls and church spires that are visible from everywhere except its darkest and narrowest streets."

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A little audio listening, as my annoying migraine is making a reappearance. Madeleine Albright, former ambassador to the UN,first discovered her Jewish identity at the age of 59, when a newspaper reporter broke the story. This is her recounting of her years growing up in Prague, when Hitler came to power. It's fascinating (at times dry) #popsugar ~a book with 4 seasons in the title #LRC13 & #BWB #historicalevent #readharder ~ book about war

Jas16 Hope you are migraine free soon. 3y
LeahBergen Go away, migraine! 👎🏻 3y
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Megabooks Feel better soon! I've added this to my TBR. 3y
Merethebookgal Hope you feel better soon! 3y
ChasingOm I love Albright's books -- she's a personal shero! 3y
kspenmoll Hope migraine is gone! 3y
Cinfhen Thanks so much for the well wishes ❤️I truly appreciate the care @Jas16 @LeahBergen @Ebooksandcooks @Merethebookgal & @kspenmoll This migraine doesn't seem to be done with me yet 🤕😪 3y
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Four books on my TBR that are #setineasterneurope. Two memoirs and two novels, some of the stories extend to other parts of the world as well. #toomanybookstoolittletime #photoadaynov16

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