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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,323 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Madeleine Albright Narrator: Madeleine Albright Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN:
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Before Madeleine Albright turned twelve, her life was shaken by the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia - the country where she was born - the Battle of Britain, the near total destruction of European Jewry, the Allied victory in World War II, the rise of communism, and the onset of the Cold War.

Albright's experiences, and those of her family, provide a lens through which to view the most tumultuous dozen years in modern history. Drawing on her memory, her parents' written reflections, interviews with contemporaries, and newly available documents, Albright recounts a tale that is by turns harrowing and inspiring. Prague Winter is an exploration of the past with timeless dilemmas in mind and, simultaneously, a journey with universal lessons that is intensely personal.

The book takes readers from the Bohemian capital's thousand-year-old castle to the bomb shelters of London, from the desolate prison ghetto of TerezÍn to the highest councils of European and American government. Albright reflects on her discovery of her family's Jewish heritage many decades after the war, on her Czech homeland's tangled history, and on the stark moral choices faced by her parents and their generation. Often relying on eyewitness descriptions, she tells the story of how millions of ordinary citizens were ripped from familiar surroundings and forced into new roles as exiled leaders and freedom fighters, resistance organizers and collaborators, victims and killers. These events of enormous complexity are nevertheless shaped by concepts familiar to any growing child: fear, trust, adaptation, the search for identity, the pressure to conform, the quest for independence, and the difference between right and wrong.

No one who lived through the years of 1937 to 1948, Albright writes, was a stranger to profound sadness. Millions of innocents did not survive, and their deaths must never be forgotten. Today we lack the power to reclaim lost lives, but we have ... Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxane | 2/9/2014

    " When she is telling her family's story it is fascinating - all of the history she throws in about Czechoslovakia, not so much... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/4/2014

    " Not the easiest read but certainly a unique look at WWII. Albright is a great writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mila | 1/30/2014

    " I wish there was more information on Sudetenland (but there was more than I've seen elsewhere). I didn't find the story that "personal" as it's titled but it was a great history lesson. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheri | 1/15/2014

    " Boy, am I happy that I didn't buy this book but borrowed it from the public library. I've done extensive reading about WWII and the Holocaust. This book didn't provide any new information. I was looking forward to reading about Albright's personal memories of the time. Less personal information, more history lessons. I skimmed through it, again being very thankful I hadn't bought the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 1/1/2014

    " This book had a number of interesting sections in regard to Czechoslovakia history/politics before and after WWII. However, in the middle section, the narrative "dragged" a bit. A good read, however. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 12/29/2013

    " This is an exceptional, personal account of the author's life and more broadly, the Czech people before, during, and after World War II. It enhances some of my other recent reading, most notably the Oxford Time Travel series and The Zookeeper's Wife. Highly recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathie | 12/29/2013

    " Wanted to like this book but honestly...not my favorite. The book tempted me as a historical biography, but I found the history part overshadowed the human story. For me not being a history buff, I needed more to keep me interested. This would be analogous to a history lover reading a book about the diseases of the 20th century that killed famous people....and finding it was largely focused on pathogenic microbiology. I'd love it...and history buffs would most likely not! I just think its been promoted poorly. My book group picked this for our recent read ...this was a painful read for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet Wright | 12/26/2013

    " A very enjoyable memoir with lots of history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Bentley | 12/20/2013

    " History of WWII and it's affect on Czech republic, from a different viewpoint. Madeline writes from her memories, from notes she found in her fathers belongings & from research. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kate | 12/19/2013

    " Dry and poorly written. Hopefully her talk in two weeks is more interesting... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/16/2013

    " I knew very little about the situation in Czechoslovakia before and after WWII, and found Albright's account to be really interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 11/29/2013

    " This is a good book. I learned a lot about not only about Madeleine Albright childhood and family but about World war II. What a horrendous time in history! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 11/25/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book; it is an intricate history lesson intertwined perfectly with a personal story. It is well written - I read this much more quickly than I expected! Recommend this book strongly! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe Bolin | 9/20/2013

    " Prague Winter is a very well-written textbook. The subtitle, though, should really be "A History of Czechoslovakian Involvement in World War II"; if that appeals to you, then you are part of the (very) small target audience for this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 5/8/2013

    " Could not put this down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob Bieber | 12/22/2012

    " Great insight into the war years from a child's prospective "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 10/25/2012

    " A compelling, personal account of Madeleine Albright's family history in the former Czechoslovakia before, during and after World War II. If you know Prague, this book will have particular resonance for you. An outstanding read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kath Oliger | 7/16/2012

    " A great review of the pre WW2 history leading into the Nazi invasion of Prague. Madeleine Albright outlines the take over with her own family history. "

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About the Author
Author Madeleine Albright

Madeleine Albright served as America’s sixty-fourth secretary of state from 1997 to 2001, the first woman to hold that position. Her distinguished career also includes positions on Capitol Hill, on the National Security Council, and as US ambassador to the United Nations. Since leaving office, she has written several New York Times bestselling books. She is a resident of Washington, DC, and Virginia.