Walesa's wife unveils price of Solidarity glory

November 18, 2011 - 8:15 AM

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Lech Walesa's wife says she paid a huge price for her husband's struggle against communism.

In an autobiography coming out next week, Danuta Walesa talks publicly for the first time about her loneliness and fear for the family's unity as her husband gained worldwide recognition with his political work.

In the candid 550-page book, "Dreams and Secrets," Walesa reveals that she felt neglected as she raised their eight children. She express hurt that she was excluded from her husband's strategic decisions that gave rise to Solidarity and the trade union's ultimate toppling of an authoritarian communist system.

The revelations shatter a view of a former president and first lady long seen as happy and deeply united, not least because of their shared Roman Catholic faith.