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Into the sunlight : life after the Iron Curtain
Rapoport, Roger.
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Berkeley, Calif. : Heyday Books, [1990]

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vii, 104 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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DJK50 .R3 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Rapoport takes a refreshingly humanistic look at the changes in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union since the fall of the Iron Curtain, concentratingpk on the ways in which citizens are coping with struggling economic and political systems. Before arriving in the U.S.S.R. in early 1990, the author visits Poland; at Cracow's car flea-market, hopeful consumers who formerly had to wait five years to own an automobile now can pick from a wide variety of ``lemons'' and ``drive their choice home on the spot.'' Rapoport tours the State Jewish Museum in Prague, an institution originally planned by Hitler as a ``showcase of an `extinct culture,' '' and learns about the new religious freedom in Czechoslovakia. Much of the book is a chronicle of the life-saving surgery performed at the Leningrad Children's Hospital #1 by doctors from Oakland, Calif., using techniques unknown to Soviet medicine. Rapoport speaks to Soviet doctors and parents about the appalling state of health care. Writing in a simple and straightforward voice, Rapoport ( The Great American Bomb Machine ) draws an alluring portrait of peoples and countries in flux. An afterword features an interview with Russian historian Martin Malia, whose predictive analysis of the fall of communism was published in the New York Times under the pseudonym ``Z.'' Photos. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Early in 1990, Rapoport, a travel feature writer for the Oakland Tribune , accompanied a team of pediatric cardiologists to Moscow, where they demonstrated and taught surgical techniques to Soviet surgeons. En route he stopped in Poland, Czechoslovakia, and East Germany. In a style more appropriate for the Sunday travel supplement, he offers pithy human interest features that mirror recent events in the region. In Cracow, he visits a used car lot, a bastion of Polish capitalism, and interviews the editor of a samizdat journal in Prague. Rapoport's most sustained images deal with medical services in the Soviet Union: scalpels are too dull to cut, and linen fibers are used as sutures if nylon ones are unavailable. He describes desperate Soviet families trying to get care for their frail children. For its light and easy style, this collection of essays belongs in travel collections.-- Marcia L. Sprules, Council on Foreign Relations Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.