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"A deeply intelligent journalistic report on the state of that part of the world today, in the form of interviews with powerful people there now. Compelling reading even superficially, but the underlying subject is history itself, and historical consciousness, and it will leave thoughtful ghosts in your mind, too."
—The Ellenville Shawangunk Journal
"An enlightening if unsettling account of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia 20 years after the collapse of communism....broad and vivid."
“Essential reading for anyone who cares about Central Europe’s past and its impact on the present. This book is in Anna Porter’s bloodstream and she writes with passion and conviction about Central Europe’s tormented past and often confused and confusing present. Every page brims with information and firsthand knowledge.”
—Kati Marton, New York Times bestselling author of Enemies of the People
“Intimate and insightful: an exile's poignant return home, an accomplished journalist's shrewd analysis.”
—David Frum, New York Times bestselling author of Comeback
“Anna Porter’s brilliant The Ghosts of Europe will not necessarily confirm what you thought before you started reading it, but it is sure to make you think again about what you thought you knew.”
—George Jonas, author of Vengeance
“Anna Porter is the modern version of a Renaissance explorer. She views old lands with a fresh eye and sends back essential dispatches about new worlds....A must read.”
—Peter C. Newman, author and former editor of Maclean’s and The Toronto Star
"Highly readable and enormously informative, this is a book that will make your head spin."
"[An] intriguing and accessible narrative of contemporary Central Europe."
—Globe and Mail
"Porter offers a succinct, highly readable, contemporary history, interspersed with interviews with influential national figures regarding past, present, and future."