Unvanquished: Joseph Pilsudski, Resurrected Poland, and the Struggle for Eastern Europe

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Benjamin Franklin Award Finalist for History

ForeWord Reviews Silver Medalist for History Book of the Year


Telling the epic story of Joseph Pilsudski, the father of Polish independence, this vivid biography reads like an adventure novel, including swashbuckling tales of both World Wars, a plot to kill the czar, Siberian exile, life in the underground, a dramatic prison escape, and one of the most successful train robberies in European history. Although he is largely either unknown or misunderstood in the West, Pilsudski was a consequential historical figure whose defeat of the Red Army in 1920 preserved Poland's sovereignty and quite possibly spared Europe from Bolshevik revolution. This extensive and definitive account of Pilsudski's life places this and other achievements in the proper context by providing sufficient background in Polish history and illuminating his interconnectedness with more well known historical events. This new edition includes updated information, maps, and photographs.

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About the Author:

Peter Hetherington holds degrees in geology from the University of Illinois and the University of Kentucky and has worked for more than 30 years as an explorationist. He lives in Houston.


“A comprehensive, rich in detail, and very readable biography of Poland’s outstanding national hero.”  —Zbigniew Brzezinski, former US National Security Advisor (1977–81), and trustee for the Center for Strategic and International Studies

“Hetherington warrants praise for the thoroughness of his research and the consistently engaging quality of his prose. His ability to sift through the lion's share of Polish and interweave that history with the singular life of freedom fighter, and eventual dictator, Joseph Pilsudski, is a remarkable feat . . . there's much to be enjoyed, and much to be learned.”  —Kirkus

“A comprehensive, compelling biography . . . fascinating history. Like a novel you hate to put down, it is readable and captivating.”  —Polish American Journal

“A riveting biography which reads almost like an adventure novel. It is well written and documented.”  —Polish Weekly

“Hetherington tells the complete story of a man who stood at the center of the stage in Eastern Europe for more than a generation. The book rolls on at a detective-story pace. It is historically accurate without pedantry, and it creates suspense and excitement.”  —Ewa Thompson, research professor of Slavic studies, Rice University

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