About the Author

Adam Michnik is a Polish historian and political writer who was one of the founders of KOR (Workers' Defense Committee), the organization of dissident intellectuals that, together with the independent workers' movement, paved the way for the emergence and triumph of Solidarity in the 1980s. His essays have appeared in the New York Times, New York Review of Books, The New Republic, and Harper's. David Ost, assistant professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, is the author of Solidarity and the Politics of Anti-Politics.