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Twelve Days: The Story of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution

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On the fiftieth anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution, a defining moment in the Cold War, Victor Sebestyen, a journalist whose own family fled from Hungary, gives us a totally fresh account of that uprising, incorporating newly released official Hungarian and Soviet documents, his familys diaries, and eyewitness testimony.

Tracing the events that led to the rebellion, Sebestyen tells the story of these twelve days with front-page immediacy. Sebestyens narrative moves from the tumultuous streets of Budapest to the inner sanctums of the Kremlin and the White House, where we hear the conversations of the men and women who planned and took part in the uprising and of those who helped crush it–some actively, others through craven inaction.

Sebestyen shows how Western anti-Communist rhetoric encouraged the rebels and convinced them they would receive help. We witness the thrilling first days when, armed with a few rifles, petrol bombs, and desperate courage, the people of Budapest rose up against their Soviet masters and nearly succeeded in routing the Russian forces. For a few exciting days, as the Western world watched in amazement, it looked as though the Hungarians would win and humble the Soviet Union. Russian troops withdrew. But not for long.

The Soviets showed they would resort to brutal lengths to cling to their Communist empire–and the West was prepared to let them. The free world looked on in sympathy and horror, did nothing, and, finally, the Hungarians suffered a devastating defeat, remaining under Soviet occupation for three more decades.

Fast-paced, vivid, and authoritative, Twelve Days adds immeasurably to our understanding of one of the most important battles of the Cold War and reminds us–through the extraordinary courage and sacrifice of the Hungarian people in their doomed fight–of the unquenchable human desire for freedom.

Review:

"Incensed by leaks about how their current rulers had lied about the economy, Hungarian protesters took to the streets of Budapest last month, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany. They attacked the state TV station, overturned cars and fought with police, leaving about 200 people injured. News reports pointed out that this was the worst outbreak of violence in the country since... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Book News Annotation:

A native of Hungary, Sebestyen lives in England where he has worked for numerous British newspapers, including the London Evening Standard; his family fled from Hungary when he was a small child. On the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution, he presents a new account of the event, based on newly released official Hungarian and Soviet documents, his family's diaries, and eyewitness testimony. The text demonstrates that Hungary was ". . . just one battleground in the great East-West struggle in the second half of the twentieth century. . . a pawn, trapped between bigger powers" of Moscow and Washington, D.C. Illustrated with b&w photographs.
Annotation 2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

A native of Hungary, Sebestyen lives in England where he has worked for numerous British newspapers, including the London Evening Standard; his family fled from Hungary when he was a small child. On the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution, he presents a new account of the event, based on newly released official Hungarian and Soviet documents, his family's diaries, and eyewitness testimony. The text demonstrates that Hungary was ". . . just one battleground in the great East-West struggle in the second half of the twentieth century. . . a pawn, trapped between bigger powers" of Moscow and Washington, D.C. Illustrated with b&w photographs. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

On the 50th anniversary of an important battle of the Cold War, this account incorporates previously unreleased Hungiarian and Soviet documents, the author's family's diaries, and eyewitness testimony. 16-page photo insert.

About the Author

Victor Sebestyen was born in Budapest and was only an infant when his family left Hungary. He has worked for many British newspapers, including the Evening Standard. He lives in England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375424588
Author:
Sebestyen, Victor
Publisher:
Pantheon
Subject:
History
Subject:
Revolutionary
Subject:
Hungary
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Europe - Austria & Hungary
Subject:
Europe - General
Copyright:
Series Volume:
The Story of the 195
Publication Date:
20061003
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 PP BandW ILLUSTRATIONS; MAPS
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.44x6.44x1.26 in. 1.48 lbs.

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