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Liking Walesa

Tim Sebastian

15 July 1982
The Book of Lech Walesa 
by Lech Badkowski, introduced by Neal Ascherson et al.
Penguin, 203 pp., £8.95, March 1982, 0 14 006376 5
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The Polish Challenge 
by Kevin Ruane.
BBC, 328 pp., £9.95, May 1982, 0 563 20054 5
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... the phrase, ‘Bravo, Lech Walesa.’ The military censor crossed that out in black ink. Some of the things let through by the Polish censors were no less extraordinary. A number are featured in KevinRuane’s book, which pulls together reports from the state-controlled radio and news agencies – little-known fruits of the BBC’s Monitoring Service. How many people remember that the catalyst ...

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