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A folded city map of Krakow with an inset map of the city center at 1:10,000, along with a metropolitan area and regional map.
Poland, The First Thousand Years
by Patrice M. Dabrowski
A fluidly written, reliable history of the Polish state from the late medieval period to the 20th century, including the nation’s complicated and controversial relationships with oppressors like the Prussian Empire the Soviet Union.
Kaleidoscope of Poland, A Cultural Encyclopedia
by Oscar E. Swan
This encyclopedia of all things Polish features close to 900 entries and 600 images covering Polish customs, folklore, history, significant individuals, language, geography and more. An informative reference and handy supplement to the traditional guidebook.
by James Michener
In his epic style, Michener presents the sweep of Polish history from the earliest days to 1983 in this massively researched novel.
Kingdom of Auschwitz
by Otto Friedrich
Otto Friedrich's slim book is an intensely personal account of the infamous Auschwitz death camp. He covers the entire history of Auschwitz in short chapters punctuated with eyewitness accounts and testimonies.
Heart of Europe, The Past in Poland's Present
by Norman Davies
A history of Poland in reverse chronology from the Solidarity Movement to early civilization, condensed from the author's definitive three-volume history.
The Spies of Warsaw
by Alan Furst
Alan Furst sets his richly atmospheric tale of espionage and love squarely amidst the leafy boulevards, grand squares, stately mansions and elegant cafes of the glittering 1937 capital. With a map on the inside covers, this isn't just a gripping WW II-era thriller, it's a guide to Warsaw of today.
Eyewitness Guide Poland
by Eyewitness Guides
An informative, visual guide to the history, culture and attractions of Poland.
The Magic Lantern, The Revolution of '89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and Prague
by Timothy Garton Ash
With a chapter each on Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague, this eyewitness account by an astute journalist and historian shows these vibrant cities during a time of great change.
Polish Writers on Writing
by Adam (EDT Zagajewski (Editor)
Featuring 20th-century writers, including Nobel Prize winners Czeslaw Milosz and Wislawa Szymborska, this collection captures the brilliance and originality of a literary culture considered one of the most important and influential of our time.
The Essential Guide to Being Polish
by Anna Spysz, Lech Walesa (Foreword)
"I invite you on this journey into the depths of the Polish soul," writes Lech Walesa in this nuanced guide to Polish history and culture. Co-author Anna Spysz is the former editor of the Krakow Post. One in a new series of cultural handbooks by New European Books.
The Painted Bird
by Jerzy Kosinski
This acclaimed novel is based on the author's own experiences in World War II Poland. The often disturbing account of a young Jewish boy's journey through rural Poland as he tries to evade everyone from SS officers to anti-Semitic Polish peasants will leave an indelible impression.
To Begin Where I Am, The Selected Prose of Czeslaw Milosz
by Czeslaw Milosz, Madeline G. Levine (Editor), Bogdana Carpenter (Editor)
Culled from a lifetime's worth of publications, these essays by the Lithuanian-born Polish poet and Nobel laureate Milosz address the Polish experience at home and abroad in the 20th century.
Lonely Planet Polish Phrasebook
by Lonely Planet
This handy pocket phrasebook includes pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary.
The Romani Gypsies
by Yaron Matras
Matras delves into the history of the Romani, an ancient and misunderstood European culture that has survived through modern times.
Chopin in Paris, The Life and Times of the Romantic Composer
by Tad Szulc
A biography of the famed composer Fryderyk Chopin.
by Michelin Travel Publications
A self-folding, full-color map of Poland at a scale of 1:700,000, updated annually.
The Zookeeper's Wife
by Diane Ackerman
A marvelous storyteller, Ackerman recalls madcap, bohemian Warsaw before WWII, the devastation of the city by Nazi bombs in 1939, the horrors of the holocaust and heroic efforts in the resistance in this moving tale of Antonina and Jan Zabinski, directors of Warsaw Zoo.
Culture Smart! Poland
by Greg Allen
A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice.
A Traveller's History of Poland
by John Radzilowski
A wide-ranging, accessible and effectively condensed brief history of Poland through the 1990s. With a useful chronology and historical gazetteer, this book marches confidently through the centuries.