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Czechoslovakia: Behind the Iron Curtain

A visually stimulating, action packed book about how communism inspired, persecuted and almost destroyed Czechoslovakia.

Czechoslovakia: Behind the Iron Curtain

A visually stimulating, action packed book about how communism inspired, persecuted and almost destroyed Czechoslovakia.

$9,942
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53
backers
13days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, October 29 2019 8:11 AM UTC +00:00.

About


Dear Supporters, 

‘Czechoslovakia: Behind the Iron Curtain’ is our third book. It is already written and our awesome graphic designer is busy at work putting together the final touches, including bringing all the vibrant illustrations and evocative photographs to life! Our book promises to give you a real, authentic, visually stimulating walk through history. 

But, before we can launch it, we need to raise money for its printing and distribution. In exchange for your financial support we offer an abundant selection of products and experiences - made available to you exclusively, at a fraction of the price. 

By backing this project, you are helping to promote your Czech and Slovak roots, by becoming a part of a movement to keep our culture alive in the U.S. But even more importantly, you are supporting freedom, so that generations to come can learn from our story and make sure history is never again repeated. 

Take a journey back in time and cross the Iron Curtain. Learn more about the seemingly unbelievable but very real stories of a people trapped behind a silly (yet impenetrable) political divide. Czechoslovakia: Behind the Iron Curtain is much more than a book. 

The project is reminder of the value of freedom. It is hard to image life without it, until it is taken from you. Our country carries this timeless message. We invite you to learn from our past so that you can safeguard your future. 

WHO ARE WE?

We are Zuzana and Gabriela, an international writing duo. Young, ambitious and dedicated to our mission of sharing Slovakia, our homeland, with the world, we walk our talk. In one year, we released two multifaceted books that made a splash on media back home, and gained positive international momentum abroad. Check out Amazon reviews for our previous projects;  Slovakia: The Legend of the Linden and  The Great Return 

As a recognition of the quality of our work and the boldness of our endeavor, we traveled with the Slovak President to the United States. Flying on the Slovak Air Force One was a pretty cool experience, but continuing our mission of raising the visibility of our country in North America was our catalyst. 

Our third book, ‘Czechoslovakia: Behind the Iron Curtain’ is our most powerful project yet! 

Why? Because it brings an important message at a very critical time on our planet. The book narrates the unbelievable, yet very real fate, of how a free country became trapped in communism. This is a story of a people stripped of the very thing that makes them human: their freedom and their individuality.  

HOW IS OUR PROJECT DIFFERENT?

We take you on an emotional journey deep into what life was like during communism. It exposes how the greatest experiment of the 20th century damaged the lives of our parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends. ‘Czechoslovakia: Behind the Iron Curtain’ is a must read - for all those that value freedom. 

BOOK BLURB:

"Take a journey into the borderland of the Red Empire, during an ideological battle that saw the world ripped in half. Dare to step into communist Czechoslovakia where the controlled ‘East’ and the free ‘West’ converged at their closest. This is a story of ordinary people caught up in the midst of the 20th century’s greatest political experiment. Through tales only told in whispers, glimpse into the everyday reality of those whose entire universe was ruled by the Hammer and Sickle."

HOW WE CAN MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE!

The 20th century rocked our planet. The Cold War brought us a step away from near nuclear annihilation and the impenetrable Iron Curtain ripped the world in half. When these 40 years of animosity came to an end, via the fall of the Berlin Wall, hope for a better and more peaceful future blossomed in people’s hearts and minds. 

But now, 3 decades after the dismantling of communism, old problems of the past have begun to rear their ugly head. People the world over are once again flirting with the idea of curbing individual rights and handing their power over to the state. The experiment of communism in Eastern Europe is a perfect example of what happens when goverment 'ideals' and the 'good' of the collective supersede logic and individual freedom. 

Let us know freedom and peace, without having to know unfreedom and war.  The tragedies of the 20th century need not to be lived again. But, we must learn from them. Will we rise to the challenge? In a time when different ideologies are once again vying for our attention, we can at least agree on one thing. A healthy respect for individual human rights is non-negotiable. In an effort to preserve freedom, and honor the stories of our friends, families and neighbors, this book reminds us all, why we must choose freedom, again and again. 

“Truth and love must prevail over lies and hatred” - Vaclav Havel  

IS OUR BOOK TRUSTWORTHY?

Armed with PhDs, exceptional research skills, historical knowledge and academic training from some of the best universities in the world, we provide our readers with a balanced perspective on this baffling era. 

'Czechoslovakia: Behind the Iron Curtain’ builds on 4-years of research, including countless interviews with people for and against communism. Olympic athletes, prime ministers, Communist Party members, military generals, dissidents from the grey zone, forbidden artists and secret agents all contributed to the project. 

Their stories were compared against piles of material gathered from national archives, university libraries and first hand experience. 

The production was reviewed by domestic and international experts, renowned historians and institutions, including the National Academy of Sciences and the Czech and Slovak Museum in America. As doctors, sociologists and writers we stand behind our work.

SOME USEFUL PRODUCT DETAILS

We care about our readers, which is why we go out of our way to insure the highest quality print. The book will not only match but exceed industry standards! 'Czechoslovakia: Behind the Iron Curtain’ is a 300+ page high quality production, that includes authentic photography, original illustrations and true stories. 

A team of international artists created a series of original illustrations just for this project.  Over 25 colorful pictures bring the Czechoslovak story to life. These are matched by the work of some of the best Czech and Slovak photographers of the era. Among them is Ladislav Bielik, whose iconic photo of a man before tank, was coined one of the greatest photographs of the 20th century. 

The product dimensions are: 6.2 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches and shipping weight is approximately 1lb. 

WHAT WE NEED THE MONEY FOR?

  • $ 2,800 - Book Graphic Design 
  • $    850 - Book Editing and Corrections
  • $ 3,900 - Book Printing 
  • $ 1,500 - Book Promotion / Social Media Campaign
  • $ 1,500 - Book Shipping International 

HOW DO WE REWARD YOU FOR HELPING US? 

We like to offer something for everyone - from individual goodies to comprehensive packages.

E-BOOK

Support us via your purchase of our convenient e-book,that will reach you even before the 'Czechoslovakia: Behind the Iron Curtain' is printed when you pledge $15. 

1 x e-book
   1 x live webinar with the authors
   1 year membership to Global Slovakia 

*As part of our exclusive pre-sale offer, we are throwing in a live webinar with the authors, alongside a free 1-year membership to Global Slovakia (valued at $120).

e-Book
e-Book

SIGNED HARD-COPY BOOK 

For those who like the smell of fresh print alongside the feeling of turning pages, we have a signed copy of this limited first edition when you pledge $30

1 x hard-copy
   1 x live webinar with the authors
   1 year membership to Global Slovakia 

*As part of our exclusive pre-sale offer, we are throwing in a live webinar with the authors, alongside a free 1-year membership to Global Slovakia (valued at $120). 

Signed Limited-Edition Hard Copy
Signed Limited-Edition Hard Copy

SILVER EXCLUSIVE PACKAGE

Get a signed hard copy book, an e-book, the complete 'Behind the Iron Curtain' merchandise collection, access to a live webinar with the authors and a 1-year Global Slovakia membership, when you pledge $50

The membership includes a monthly VIDEO unveiling the fascinating history of Slovakia; authentic Slovak RECIPE; PODCAST exploring Slovak culture; ARTICLE de-codifying Slovak folklore; access to an EXCLUSIVE GROUP on Facebook. The value of the Global Slovakia membership is $9,97 per month, or $120 per year.

Silver Exclusive Package
Silver Exclusive Package

GOLD *LIFETIME* MEMBERSHIP PACKAGE 

Our ultimate membership package contains a signed hard copy book, 3 e-books, the complete 'Behind the Iron Curtain' merchandise collection, a live webinar with the authors and a Global Slovakia *lifetime* membership to explore the gems of Slovakia's bottomless treasure trove of folklore, history and culture (annual value: $120), when you pledge $150.  

The membership includes a monthly VIDEO unveiling the fascinating history of Slovakia; authentic Slovak RECIPE; PODCAST exploring Slovak culture; ARTICLE de-codifying Slovak folklore; access to an EXCLUSIVE GROUP on Facebook. The value of the Global Slovakia membership is $9,97 per month, or $120 per year. If you pledge now, you will become a *lifetime* founding member for an unbeatable price. 

Gold *Lifetime* Membership Package
Gold *Lifetime* Membership Package

PLATINUM VIP *WALL OF GRATITUDE* DONOR 

Add your family name to our 'Wall of Gratitude' printed inside the book, and become part of exclusive group of individuals whose contribution is made eternal in 'Czechoslovakia: Behind the Iron Curtain'. This is your opportunity to honor the Czech and Slovak journey to freedom for generations to come. 

Our Platinum VIP offer also includes: a signed hard copy book, 3 e-books, the complete 'Behind the Iron Curtain' merchandise collection, a live webinar with the authors and a Global Slovakia *lifetime* membership to explore the gems of Slovakia's bottomless treasure trove of folklore, history and culture when you pledge $250.  

The membership includes a monthly VIDEO unveiling the fascinating history of Slovakia; authentic Slovak RECIPE; PODCAST exploring Slovak culture; ARTICLE de-codifying Slovak folklore; access to an EXCLUSIVE GROUP on Facebook. The value of the Global Slovakia membership is $9,97 per month, or $120 per year. If you pledge now, you will become a *lifetime* founding member for an unbeatable price. 

Platinum VIP *Wall of Gratitude* Donor
Platinum VIP *Wall of Gratitude* Donor

OUR CURRENT PROJECT 

Czechoslovakia: Behind the Iron Curtain 

Hardcopy: approx. 300 pages

Watch official video here 

Book Photographers:

  1. Ladislav Bielik
  2. Juraj Bartos
  3. Lubo Stacho
  4. Dana Kyndrova
  5. Jan Lorincz
  6. Dávid Fiala

Book Illustrators and Artists:

  1. Nina Sefcik
  2. Matteo Sica
  3. Masha Dambaeva
  4. Kateřina Blaháková
  5. Petra Stefankova
  6. Zuzana Smatlakova

OUR ORGANIZATION

Global Slovakia NGO 

OUR PREVIOUS BOOKS 

1)  Slovakia: The Legend of the Linden 

Hardcover: 210 pages

 Watch official video here  

2) The Great Return

Hardcover: 296 pages

Watch official video here 

Risks and challenges

Tried and tested through our two previous book projects, 'Slovakia: The Legend of the Linden' and 'The Great Return' we learned through experience just have much effort, time, dedication and professionalism is required to complete a book, or two. For this third endeavor we have put together a great team so that we can complete our skillsets and deliver you the best product and most enjoyable experience. But, we are also realists. No matter how much you prepare, there will always be unexpected situations that arise, which is why we have given ourselves an additional month to deliver our book into your hands once it is printed. Through our previous cooperations we have established positive relationships with our publishers and distributors, and they promise to once again deliver top international quality - on time. Once our book is printed, we will work speedily to get them mailed to your doorstep.

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