Reviews of Books

1944's glorious, hopeless battle for Warsaw

Sunday 19 December 2004 Los Angeles Times, John Lukacs
Rising '44
"Rising '44" is an enormous book, written with verve. I wholly share his admiration for the Poles in their battle for Warsaw. Yet there is a contradiction in his assessment of his own book. He wrote it because, as he says in the foreword, "It is a story that has never been properly told." Yet later: "I have no doubt that the definitive academic study of the Warsaw Rising still awaits its author." But historical knowledge is neither definitive nor academic. And Davies' summary of the uprising is curiously stumbling: "It was embroiled at a sensitive interface of the three-sided arena where Western Democracy confronted Fascism on the one hand and Stalinist Communism on the other."

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