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xi acknowledgments This book is the product of more than a decade of research and writing that was generously supported by a number of groups. A Tomaszkiewicz-Florio Scholarship from the Kosciuszko Foundation and a Title VIII East-Central Europe Research and Language Scholarship administered by the American Councils for International Education paid for language training essential to the final product. The Polish-American Fulbright Commission and an International Research and Exchanges (IREX) Short-Term Research Grant allowed me extended time to work in Polish archives. A George Washington University Hoffmann Dissertation Award, a Cosmos Club Foundation Young Scholars Award, a George C. Marshall/Baruch Dissertation Fellowship , a Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars East European Studies Program Short-Term Grant, and an American Consortium for European Union Studies (ACES) Research Seed Grant all supported short-term research trips to various repositories around the Washington, D.C., area, as well as time at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. A Hewlett PostDoctoral Fellowship at Stanford University’s Center for Democracy, Development , and the Rule of Law provided needed time for writing and revision, as well as proximity to the collections at the Hoover Institution. As a first book this project also bears the marks of those scholars and educators who have shaped me thus far. Arne Offner at Lafayette College first introduced me to the joys of diplomatic history. Malcolm Byrne, Tom Blanton, Vlad Zubok, and Svetlana Savranskaya at the National Security Archive taught me how to navigate archives and government bureaucracies to cull the exciting bits from reams of documents. Christian Ostermann at the Cold War International History Project welcomed me into the circle of international historians. Hope Harrison, Jim Hershberg, and Jim Goldgeier taught me to be a better writer, a clearer thinker, and a more voracious researcher forever in search of “hot docs.” The Russian and East European Institute and Bill Johnston and the Polish Studies Center at Indiana University, Bloomington, gave me a quiet space and access to their amazing resources when I needed to lock myself away to write. Larry Diamond, Mike McFaul, and Kathryn Stoner at Stanford University xii acknowledgments exposed me to different ways of examining the recent past and forced me to sharpen my conclusions. For the past few years my colleagues at the University of North Florida have provided a stimulating and welcoming environment. Numerous friends and colleagues have read portions of the manuscript or talked through all of the little problems that pop up along the way. They include Mary Sarotte, Sarah Snyder, Craig Daigle, Idesbald Goddeeris, Goshka Gnoinska, Mirceau Muntaneau, Frédéric Bozo, and Piotr Kosicki. As a work of recent history, this book would not have been as successful without all the individuals who gave of their time to be interviewed. I am indebted to each of them. Ambassador John R. Davis Jr., however, deserves special mention as this project would not have been possible without him. He was the first and the last person I interviewed for the book, and he deserves immense credit for both his patience and insight during this extended process. Irena Lasota and Eric Chenoweth of CSS/IDEE gave amply of their time and connections. And, if Col. Casimir Lenard had not decided to keep a few extra boxes of files from the Polish American Congress’s Washington Office down in his basement only to bring them up when I came around, the story of the Polish American Congress and that of other NGOs’ roles might still remain hidden. As this is an international history, this project would not have succeeded without consistent support from scholars outside the United States. First and foremost, I must thank Andrzej Paczkowski, whose untiring support and professional network opened more doors than I could have imagined when I began. His mentoring and intellectual input were essential. Paweł Sowiński, Krzysztof Persak, and Paweł Machcewicz, as well as the entire staff of Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, offered wise counsel and local expertise. Janey Curry made Warsaw a more welcoming place and provided a kind entrance into the Polish studies world. I am also indebted to the archivists at the Archive of Modern Records, the KARTA Foundation, the Archive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Institute of National Remembrance, who responded to my broken Polish with a smile and more documents. A series of friends gave needed respite away from those archives, most notably Andy Hinnant...


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