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100-Plus Polish-Related Books

Compiled by Florence Clowes, PAJ Book Review Editor

PAJ 100th Anniversary Edition, October 2011
Last updated January 2017

Here are 100-plus books about Poland, Poles, Polish Americans, by Poles and Polish Americans, and more. Keep this as a handy guide when deciding titles for the PolAm book collector in your family.

  1. A HISTORY, by Norman Davies
  2. A LIFE, Isaac B. Singer, by Florence Noiville
  3. A MAN WHO SPANNED TWO ERAS, The Story of Bridge Engineer Ralph Modjeski by Joseph Glomb, tr. by Peter Obst
  4. A QUESTION OF HONOR, THE KOSCIUSZKO SQUADRON by Lynne S. Olson and Stanley Cloud
  5. AGAINST A CHRIMSON SKY by James C. Martin
  6. AMERICAN BETRAYAL, Franklin Roosevelt Casts Poland into Communist Captivity by Francis Casimir Kajencki
  7. AN INVISIBLE ROPE, PORTRAITS OF CZESLAW MILOSZ, ed by Cynthia L. Haven
  8. AN OUTLINE HISTORY OF POLISH CULTURE, by Jagiellonian University
  9. BLOODLANDS: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin, by Timothy Snyder
  10. CASIMIR PULASKI, Cavalry Commander of the American Revolution, by Francis Casimir Kajencki
  11. CHOPIN IN PARIS, The Life and Times of the Romantic Composer, by Tad Szulc
  12. CHOPIN’S POLAND, by Iwo and Pamela Zaluski
  13. CONRAD IN PERSPECTIVE, Essays on Art and Fidelity, by Zdzislaw Najer
  14. CROCOW, AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY by Francis Casimir Kajencki
  15. CZESLAW MILOSZ, CONVERSATIONS, ed. by Cynthia L. Haven
  16. DICTIONARY OF POLISH PROVERBS, a Bilingual Edition, ed. by Miroslaw Lipinski
  17. DID THE CHILDREN CRY? by Richard Lukas
  18. ENGLISH-POLISH DICTIONARY (2 vol) by Kazimierz Bulas and Francis Whitfield
  19. ENIGMA, How the Poles Broke the Nazi Code, by Wladyslaw Kozarczuk
  20. ENTANGLEMENT, by Zygmunt Miloszewski, tr by Antonia Lloyd-Jones
  21. FIGHTING WARSAW, THE POLISH UNDERGROUND STATE, 1939-45, by Stefan Korbonski, tr by F.B. Czarnowski
  22. FIRE IN THE STEPPES, by Henryk Sienkiewicz.
  23. FOOD AND DRINK IN MEDIEVAL POLAND by Marie Dembinski
  24. FORGOTTEN SURVIVORS by Richard Lukas
  25. GHETTOSTADT. LODZ AND THE MAKING OF A NAZI CITY, by Gordon J. Horwitz
  26. GOD’S PLAYGROUND, A History of Poland,(2 vol.)by Norman Davies
  27. GOTHIC ARCHETECTURE IN THE REIGN OF KAZIMIR THE GREAT, by Paul Crossley
  28. GRAND OBSESSION, MADAM CURIE AND HER WORLD, by Rosalynd Pflaum
  29. HEART OF EUROPE: A HISTORY OF POLAND, by Norman Davies
  30. HISTORY OF POLISH LITERATURE by Julian Krzyzanowski
  31. HOLLYWOOD’S WAR WITH POLAND, 1939-1945, by M.B. Biskupski
  32. IGNACY JAN PADEREWSKI, POLAND’S PIANIST AND PATRIOT by Elaine Slivinski Lisandrelli
  33. IGNACY PADEREWSKI: POLAND, by Anita Prazmowska
  34. IN SEARCH OF LOST MEANINGS, The New Eastern Europe, by Adam Michnik
  35. INTRODUCTION TO POLISH LITERATURE, by Adam Gillon and Ludwik Krzyanowski
  36. JOHN PAUL II by Ray Flynn and Robin Moore
  37. JOSEPH CONRAD, A LIFE, by Zdzislaw Najder
  38. KAROL WOJTYLA, The thought of the Man who became Pope John II, by Rocco Buttiglione
  39. KATYN ORDER by Douglas W. Jacobson
  40. KATYN: A CRIME WITHOUT PUNISHMENT, ed. By Anna M. Cienciala
  41. LAND OF THE WINGED HORSEMEN: ART IN POLAND, 1572-1764, by Jan Ostrowski, et al.
  42. LAST HARVEST, How a Cornfield became New Daleville, by Witold Rybcznski
  43. LEGENDS OF MODERNITY, by Czeslaw Milosz, tr. by Madeleine Levine, (Nobel Prize winner)
  44. LEONARDO DA VINCI AND THE SPLENDOR OF POLAND by Laurie Winters
  45. LORD JIM by Joseph Conrad
  46. MADAM CURIE, A Biography by Eve Curie, tr. by Vincent Sheen
  47. MAN OF THE CENTURY, the Life and Times of Pope John Paul II, by Jonathan Kwitny
  48. MONOLOG OF A DOG, New Poems, by Wislawa Szymborska, tr. Clare Cavanaugh and Stanislaw Baranczyk (Nobel Prize winner)
  49. NIGHT OF FLAMES by Douglas Jacobson
  50. NO GREATER ALLY, The Untold Story of Poland’s Forces in World War II, by Kenneth K. Koskodan
  51. NOBEL PRIZE WOMEN IN SCIENCE by Sharon Bertschme Grayne
  52. ON THE FIELD OF GLORY by Henryk Sienkiewicz
  53. PAN TADEUSZ by Adam Mickiewicz, tr. by Kenneth Mackenzie
  54. POLAND, An Illustrated History, by Iwo Cyprain Pogonowski
  55. POLAND IN CHRISTIAN CIVILIZATION, comp. by Jerzy Braun
  56. POLAND’S TRANFORMATION, A WORKER’S PROGRESS, comp by Marek Chodakiewicz, et al.
  57. POLISH AMERICANS AND THEIR HISTORY, Community, Culture and Politics, ed. by John Bukowski
  58. POLISH FOLK LEGENDS, by Florence Waszkelewicz Clowes
  59. POLISH HERITAGE COOKBOOK, by Robert Strybel
  60. POLISH HOLIDAY COOKERY by Robert Strybel
  61. POLISH PAST IN AMERICA, 1608-1865 by Miecislaus Haiman
  62. POLISH RENAISSANCE LITERATURE, AN ANTHOLOGY, by Michael J. Mikos
  63. POLISH WEDDINGS, CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS, by Sophie Hodorowicz Knab
  64. POLISH-AMERICAN FOLKLORE, by Deborah Anders Silverman
  65. POLKA HAPPINESS, by Charles and Angie Keil
  66. PUSH NOT THE RIVER, by James C. Martin
  67. REMEMBERING SURVIVAL, Inside a Slave Labor Camp, by Christopher R. Browning
  68. ROME’S MOST FAITHFUL DAUGHTER, The Catholic Church and Independent Poland 1914-1939, by Neal Pease
  69. SECOND CHANCE, Three Presidents and the Crisis of American Superpower, by Zbigniew Brzezinski
  70. SOLIDARITY’S SECRET, The Women Who Defeated Communism in Poland, by Shana Penn
  71. SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING, Marie Curie and Radium, by Carla Killough
  72. SONG, DANCE AND CUSTOMS of Peasant Poland, by Sula Benet
  73. STORIES OF A BOY GROWING UP IN WARSAW, by Isaac B. Singer
  74. STREETS OF CROCODILES, Photography, Media and Postsocialist Landscapes in Poland, by Kamil Turowski, Katarzyna Marciniak
  75. THADDEUS KOSCIUSZKO, The Purest Son of Liberty, by James Pula
  76. THADDEUSZ KOSCIUSZKO: Military Engineer of the American Revolution, by Francis Casimir Kajencki
  77. THE BOOK NOBODY READ, The Revolutions of Nicolaus Copernicus by Owen Gingerich
  78. THE CURIES, A Biography of the Most Controversial Family in Science, by Denis Brian
  79. THE DELUGE by Henryk Sienkiewicz
  80. THE FAITHFUL RIVER by Stefan Zeromski
  81. THE FORGOTTEN HOLOCAUST by Richard Lukas
  82. THE GENIUS OF JOHN PAUL II, The Great Pope’s Moral Wisdom, by Richard A. Spinello
  83. THE HIDDEN POPE, The Untold Story of a Lifelong Friendship That is Changing the Relationship Between Catholics and Jews, by Darcy O’Brien
  84. THE HISTORY OF POLISH LITERATURE by Czeslaw Milosz
  85. THE ICE ROAD. An Epic Journey from the Stalinist Labor Camps to Freedom, by Stefan Waydenfeld
  86. THE KATYN ORDER by Douglas Jacobson
  87. THE LAST FINE TIME by Verlyn Klinkenborg
  88. THE NEW POLISH CUISINE, by Michael Baruch
  89. THE ORIGINS OF MODERN POLISH DEMOCRACY, ed by M.B. Biskupski, et al.,
  90. THE ORIGINS OF POLAND, by Witold Dzieciol
  91. THE POLISH AMERICAN ENCYCLOPEDIA, ed. By James S. Pula
  92. THE POLISH SHORT STORY IN ENGLISH, A Guide and Critical Bibliography, by Jerzy J. Maciuszko
  93. THE POLISH WAY by Adam Zamoyski
  94. THE PULASKI LEGION IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, by Francis Casimir Kajencki
  95. THE SEVERAL LIVES OF JOSEPH CONRAD, by John Stape
  96. THE SHADOW OF THE SUN, by Ryszard Kapuscinski
  97. THE STRANGER BEHIND THE COPERNICAN REVOLUTION, Notes, letters and Diary entries of G. Joachim Rheticus
  98. THE TRUMPETER OF KRAKOW, by Eric Kelly
  99. UNCENTERING THE EARTH, Copernicus and the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres, by William T. Vollman
  100. WARSAW 1944, Poland’s Bid for Freedom, by Robert Forczyk
  101. WHO SHALL DIE, The Wilhelm Bachner Story, by Samuel Oliner and Kathleen Lee
  102. WITH FIRE AND SWORD/THE DELUGE/FIRE IN THE STEPPE, The Trilogy, by Henryk Sienkiewicz
  103. YALTA, The Price of Peace, by S.M. Plokhy.
  104. YOUR LIFE IS WORTH MINE: THE NEVER TOLD-BEFORE STORY OF HOW POLISH NUNS SAVED HUNDREDS IN WORLD WAR II by Ewa Kurek.
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