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December 2011
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Former Czech President Vaclav Havel Dies at 75

Sense of an Ending

Vaclav Havel, the former president of Czechoslovakia died last Sunday at the age of 75. Before his rise to power in his home country he was a leading dissident in the struggle against Communist rule and spent several years inside prisons because of his activism. A playwright with 19 plays to his credit, Havel was also the author of several books addressing communism within Czechoslovakia and his work as President during a time of transition from Communist rule including To the Castle and Back and Summer Meditations.

In Brief
Each year the editors at Choice Reviews Online release a list recognizing the most significant academic titles reviewed during the calendar year and four Random House titles made this year's list: Age of Greed by Jeff Madrick, Apollo's Angels by Jennifer Homans, How to Live by Sarah Bakewell (Other Press), and The Information by James Gleick. The full list can be viewed here Choice Choice's 2011 "Outstanding Academic Titles".

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