To the Castle and Back

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jun 10, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
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From the former president of the Czech Republic comes this first-hand account of his years in office and the transition to democracy following the fall of Communism.

 

A renowned playwright, Václav Havel became one of Czechoslovakia's most prominent dissidents under Communist rule – and the president after the Velvet Revolution, making him a key player in European politics. Here we see first-hand the challenges of creating a new government, tempered with Havel's revealing insights into the difficulties posed by an era of increased globalization and conflict. He discusses not only the situation in his own country, but also such pressing issues as the future of the European Union, the war in Iraq, and the role of the United States in contemporary affairs. Written with an eye towards both the political and the personal and a witty, well-honed eloquence, To the Castle and Back is a rare glimpse into the minds of one of the most important political figures of modern times.

 

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TO THE CASTLE AND BACK

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The noted Czech dramatist and politician turns in a "strange little book" recounting his years in office.The castle in question is the one in which Havel (The Art of the Impossible, 1997, etc.) lived ... Read full review

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Contents

VÁCLAV HAVEL TO THE CASTLEAND BACK
ALSO BY VÁCLAV HAVEL
Preface
CHAPTER ONEWashington April 7 2005
CHAPTER TWOWashington April 13 2005
CHAPTER THREEWashington April 29 2005
CHAPTER FOURWashington May 16 2005
CHAPTER FIVEHrádeček July 10 2005
CHAPTER SIXHrádeček November 28 2005
CHAPTER SEVENHrádeček December 5 2005
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
NOTES

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About the author (2009)

Václav Havel was born in Czechoslovakia in 1936. His plays have been produced around the world, and he is the author of many influential essays on totalitarianism and dissent. He was a founding spokesman for Charter 77 and served as president of the Czech Republic until 2003. He died in 2011 at the age of 75.

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