Nestling at the intersection of seven European countries, Poland made its transition to post-communism in 1989. It is the only European economy to have posted consistent growth throughout Europe´s recent recessional drought. This is not just a local tale from the heart of Europe. For in the Polish story lie vital clues to a global story-one which find its most powerful expression in today´s big emerging markets. It concerns the transformation of a group of state-owned behemoths in the hands of a generation of superlative leaders-people motivated not by money, but by the chance to make deepp change.

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