Adam Michnik is the editor of Gazeta Wyborcza, which he helped to found in 1989. Many of his articles and essays have been translated into other languages, but except for the translation of a 1979 work, The Church and the Left (1992), this is the first collection of his writings to appear in English since Letters from Prison and Other Essays (California, 1986). Irena Grudzinska Gross is the author of The Scar of Revolution: Custine, Tocqueville, and the Romantic Imagination (California, 1991). Jane Cave is the translator of several books from Polish, including Konspira by Maciej Lopinski, Marcin Moskit, and Mariusz Wilk (California, 1990). Ken Jowitt is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of New World Disorder: The Leninist Extinction (California, 1992), among other books.