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The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism

The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism


Book Overview: The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism

In four newly democratic countries in Eastern Europe, communism's former victims and jailers are struggling to make sense of their history - and sometimes rewrite it. In this groundbreaking, stylishly reported book, a journalist travels across the battlefields of memory and asks: Who is guilty? How should they be punished? And who is qualified to judge them in states where almost every citizen was an accomplice? In East Germany, Tina Rosenberg follows the trial of the border guards charged with the last shooting at the Berlin Wall. In the Czech Republic, she meets a heroic dissident who has now been ostracized for having once cooperated with the old regime. In Poland, she speaks with General Wojciech Jaruzelski, the one-time architect of martial law who now presents himself as his country's savior. Out of these stories of conscience and complicity, courage and optimism, The Haunted Land delivers the final chapter of the greatest moral drama of our time.

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Publication Date1996-03-19
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Tina Rosenberg is a celebrated journalist and author, known for her insightful approach to social and political issues. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she garnered an impressive educational foundation at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Her writings, which often delve into overlooked narratives, have championed her as a unique voice in contemporary journalism. In her illustrious career, Rosenberg has co-founded The Solutions Journalism Network and contributed to The New York Times’ “Fixes” column, illustrating her commitment to solution-oriented journalism. Rosenberg's innovative work is not limited to journalism; she has authored several notable books, including The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism, which earned her both the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction and the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 1996. Rosenberg’s talent for framing complex issues in understandable, human-centric narratives has placed her among the leading journalists and authors of her era. Constantly challenging the norms of journalism and authorship, Rosenberg’s dedication to spotlighting solutions makes her a pioneering force in her field. Her reputation as an engaging writer and thought leader continues to grow, offering readers meaningful perspectives on critical issues.

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