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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!


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.