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Hope dies last : the autobiography of Alexander Dubcek /
edited and translated by Jiri Hochman.
New York : Kodansha International, 1993.
[11], 354 p., [32] p. of plates : ill., map, ports.
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New York : Kodansha International, 1993.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1993-05-15:
Dubcek occupies a crucial place in the history of modern Czechoslovakia (now split into two separate countries). It was his fate as a courageous and reform-minded Communist leader to lead Czechoslovakia through the ``Prague spring'' that was crushed by Soviet tanks in August 1968. This absorbing ``now it can be told'' memoir details Dubcek's effort to reform a hard-line Communist regime, describing the Soviet invasion, his kidnapping, and his desperate effort to salvage ``socialism with a human face'' against overwhelming pressure from the Brezhnev regime. Dubcek vividly brings alive events and personalities (particularly the Soviet ``gangsters,'' as he calls them). His book is no less interesting for the light it sheds on Czech and Slovak national feeling, on the character of internal Communist policy, and on Dubcek's life. As shown in Zdenek Mlynar's Nightfrost in Prague ( LJ 7/80), which also deals with these events, there is still much to learn. Dubcek's recent tragic death from injuries sustained in an automobile accident stills an important voice; this volume, then, stands as his final testament.-- Henry Steck, SUNY Coll. at Cortland
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1993-03-22:
In this vigorous, engrossing autobiography, Dubcek (1921-1992), the Czech communist leader whose brief experiment in liberalization was crushed by Soviet tanks in 1968, charts his transformation from Communist Party reformer to democratic socialist. Dubcek's parents were Slovak-American ``socialist dreamers'' who returned to Czechoslovakia from Chicago shortly before his birth; they then moved to a commune in Soviet Central Asia, where Dubcek was raised in harsh conditions. In WW II he took part in the guerrilla uprising against the Slovak collaborationist regime which abetted the Nazis. He rose quickly through the ranks of the Czech Communist Party, but only gradually became a reformer. Because he was a trusting, moral man with deeply ingrained Lutheran traditions, Dubcek did not believe that the Soviets would suppress the Prague Spring of 1968 by military force. This valuable memoir, written with former Czech journalist Hochman, also makes clear Dubcek's catalytic role in the coalition of democratic forces that ended communist control of Czechoslovakia in 1989. Photos. $50,000 ad/promo. (May)
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Publishers Weekly, March 1993
Kirkus Reviews, April 1993
Booklist, May 1993
Library Journal, May 1993
Reference & Research Book News, December 1993
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