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Why Havel?


As the Iron Curtain countries eased their way out from under Soviet control, they began forming non-communist governments under the leadership of well-known dissidents. Perhaps the best known of these is the Czech writer and playwright Vaclav Havel, whose works were well known and widespread, and who spent a considerable amount of time in prison for his anti-communist activities and protests. In 1989, he became the only postwar non-communist president of Czechoslovakia, and after that country split into...more