THE INVASION OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA: August, 1968 by Tad Szulc

THE INVASION OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA: August, 1968

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KIRKUS REVIEW

For those who missed the headlines of 1968, the journalist author of Czechoslovakia Since Worm War H recapitulates the saga of armed invasion and moral resistance, the hopes and political infighting that prepared the way for the eight month ""spring"" of liberalism, and -- in somewhat less detail -- the tragic course of 20th century Czech politics. The full story of the revolt against Novotny helps explain why the Soviet Union felt threatened enough to intervene; however, Szulc doesn't have any, new answers to the question of why the invasion caught the Czechs and (presumably) U.S. Intelligence by surprise, nor does he have much to say about the post-1968 repercussions, except that the intervention probably was the crucial event in scaring China into detente with the United States. Nevertheless, the most noticeable omission is the absence of the digressions into medieval history and ""human interest"" sidelights with which other authors might have inflated this survey to double its length.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1974
Page count: 72pp
Publisher: Franklin Watts