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A Way of Hope: An Autobiography

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Walesa achieved fame in August 1980 when shipyard workers in Gdansk won the right to form a free trade union. In this long-awaited autobiography, he gives his unique insider perspective on Solidarity, the events leading to its formation and its fall. Concentrating on 1980-81, Walesa covers only briefly shipyard working conditions before 1980 and his internment after 1981. ...more
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published November 1987 by Henry Holt and Company (NY) (first published 1987)
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Katie
Oct 13, 2008 Katie rated it liked it
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Interesting, not great. The 1987 edition claims to be a translation from "Le Chemin d'espoir," and as far as I know, Walesa doesn't speak any more French than he does English, so who was his French ghostwriter? My edition doesn't say. His (or her) style is not inspiring. But I'm fascinated anyway. It is a distinctive voice, although something is clearly lost in the translation, and it takes me back to Poland--the cold wet winters, two-room flats full of children, coal smoke, trams and buses, hea ...more
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May 24, 2010 Ruth rated it liked it
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325 pages. Donated 2010 May

I sometimes feel as if I belong to a past age, the age which is evoked in our national anthem, "Poland has not perished." The conditions in which this anthem saw the light of day are much the same as those we live under today, and the same can be siad of the hopes and values it expresses: courage, defiance, pride. But there will come a time, which I won't live to see, when narrow dPolish problems have been brushed aside, replaced by harmony and peace over our entire pl
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Lech Wałęsa is a Polish politician and a former trade union and human rights activist. He co-founded Solidarity (Solidarność), the Soviet bloc's first independent trade union, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983, and served as President of Poland from 1990 to 1995.

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