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It is filled with the political (far left) views, self loathing, and half truths that are skillfully tweeked to give the reader the impression that we are a nation of small minded, jealous, xenophobic, self important, egotistical, dour faced, uneducated, drama queens, that think them selves the center of all known universe. NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH!
I'm not saying that the Czechs are perfect human beings. We have faults enough, just like all other human beings everywhere else. It is true we kicked Sudetenland Germans out, but after the total slaughter and leveling of villages like Lidice and the forced depopulation of the Sudetenland by the Germans in the first place (facts left out from the book) is there any wonder?
Another pseudo-fact published in the book - that the separation of Czech and Slovak was done in parliament only and that the people had nothing to say about it and that they did not wanted it, is a blatant lie. Slovaks had a referendum and voted yes by majority. I have 50% of my family there and to say that the Slovaks wanted independent state - with - a - passion, is an understatement. Another statement that the Slovak economy is in better shape then in Czech is also incorrect. Slovakia, being mostly agricultural through out history had hard time with the sharp plunge their currency took after the separation. Unemployment is soaring there. Their taking Euro was to shut up the Czechs that laughed at their folly (of believing they would do economically better than the Czechs even though the Czechs had all the industry and Slovakia was historically poor heavily agricultural region).
Another misconception is that the Czechs are dour faced drama queens. Most Czechs are SMILING friendly, drama queens- people. Not as courteous as Americans. But then none of the Europeans are quite as friendly and obliging as Americans. On the whole Czechs are more friendly then most of their neighbors. As to the drama queens part, well we do like to complain elaborately. It is an art to complain and fascinate the listener at the same time. I believe that there are few other nations that can do better then us. (My husbands relations out do the Czechs... He is from Iraqi Kurdistan) Our stories have to be divided by 10 and then some. But conversation never becomes boring!
The jealousy thing highlighted in the book is also superficial. The joke used to bring the point in is inaccurately presented. It shows HUMAN nature of all people everywhere and pokes fun of this fault, as example of behavior to be avoided. The Czechs have very dark sense of humor and poke fun at all manner of misfortunes, stupidity or afflictions without reservation. Like the British, our humor though no less black is different and not understood by the British- or other cultures. It is often rated cruel, inappropriate and un funny. But to us it is the means to ventilate our frustrations.
And YES Czech is in heart of Europe. This is not spoken lightly. Which ever one of the 80 cities that claim to be the "absolute" center of the Europe, the fact remains. That any way it is measured geographically, OR Culturally, Czech is the middle ground where west meets east, where socialism meshes with democracy, where clever hands (developed by poverty) meets intellectual brilliance, and where the laid back attitude meets the Presbyterian work ethic.
.... I think to correct all the misrepresentations, half truths and carefully structured opinions and negatives would make a book on its own. I will not waste my time on it. I will only add that there are better ways to learn about or understand the Czechs then this book. Don't waste your time or money on this trash. Just google Czech Republic and read to your hearts content.
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