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The Magic Lantern: The revolution of ‘89 witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague by Timothy Garton Ash

We recommend the new edition of an essay of contemporary history, a real classic by now. “The Magic Lantern” is one of those rare books able to dissect and best explain, in essential lines, a particular and complex historical moment. In this work, Garton Ash, a direct witness of the events he describes, gives a precise and detailed picture of the revolutions that swept Communism away from the Eastern European political scene following the fall of the Berlin Wall, in 1989. Its effects were highly important in the following years, and, in many respects, still are today. From the chronicle of the first free parliamentary elections in Poland to the historical and political events of nations like Hungary, Germany and Czechoslovakia, this book manages to provide a summary of the most important events of the greatly changing climate experienced by the entire Europe in those years.

Timothy Garton Ash,
The Magic Lantern: The revolution of ‘89 witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague,
Atlantic Books, 2019
pp. 208