"Jankowski . . . offers a sweeping history of Eastern Europe and does an admirable job of getting information in on nearly every language and religious and cultural group that has existed in the area, a commendable feat." Library Journal

"Pensive, engrossing . . . An impressive portrait of a country in a tumultuous time but also of a young woman in an equally tumultuous time." 
Booklist (starred review) 

"[A] carefully researched but reader-friendly peregrination through the story of Poland. . . . I can say honestly . . . that The Essential Guide to Being Polish will not disappoint." —Krakow Post

"Moldova tells this tale of ingenuity and disappointed hopes with considerable verve; his book is a page-turner." 
Wall Street Journal


"A useful and entertaining appetizer for those who are interested in the past and present of Hungary and the Hungarians." Paul Lendvai, author of The Hungarians