In December 1989, Václav Havel and a relatively small group of intellectuals and students brought about the collapse of the communist regime of Czechoslovakia in what is now known as the Velvet Revolution.

Making History: Czech Voices of Dissent and the Revolution of 1989 by Michael Long brings together the personal narratives of eleven former dissidents who, though close associates of Havel, operated without his international celebrity.

Through their many voices we come to understand that the life of a dissident is one of hardship, uncertainty, and constant surveillance; yet at the same time life in the underground allows a certain degree of freedom unattainable in official society.

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