THE FROZEN REVOLUTION: Poland: A Case Study in Communist Decay by Frank Gibney

THE FROZEN REVOLUTION: Poland: A Case Study in Communist Decay

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An unusually perceptive study of the Polish revolution and the ""triumph"" of Premier Gomulka. Because it did not achieve full democratic independence for the Poles, and because Poland today is still more or less under the paw of the Russian Bear, it is a ""frozen"" revolution. Mr. Gibney shows carefully and often dramatically just how and why Gomulka pulled his punch. Above all the Polish premier did not want another Hungary in Poland; that is, he did not want Russian tanks to brutally crash their disengagement from the USSR. Gibney is clear and certain in pointing out that Gomulka himself is no anti-Communist; rather he is pictured as a communist ""nationalist"". Interesting chapters on the role of Polish workers, students and the disenchanted intelligentsia, and the old-line Bolsheviks. Whether or not Poland eventually escapes or succumbs, this still will be an important book, for it is objective, concise and well-informed on every phase of Polish affairs. For students of foreign policy, the Cold War and political science. Not destined to be a popular book; it will certainly receive serious attention in the press.

Pub Date: July 1st, 1959
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy