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ISBN10: 0449210502
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At four o'clock in the morning on a Sunday in November 1956, the city of Budapest was awakened by the shattering sound of Russian tanks tearing the city apart. The Hungarian revolution — five brief, glorious days of freedom that had yielded a glimpse at a different kind of future — was over.

But there was a bridge at Andau, on the Austrian border, and if a Hungarian could reach that bridge, he was nearly free. It was about the most inconsequential bridge in Europe, but by an accident of history it became, for a few flaming weeks, one of the most important bridges in the world, for across its unsteady planks fled the soul of a nation....

Here is James A. Michener at his most gripping, with a historic account of a people in desperate revolt, a true story as searing and unforgettable as any of his bestselling works of fiction.

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James A. Michener was one of the world’s most popular writers, the author of more than forty books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Tales of the South Pacific, the bestselling novels The Source, Hawaii, Alaska, Chesapeake, Centennial, Texas, Caribbean, and Caravans, and the memoir The World Is My Home. Michener served on the advisory council to NASA and the International Broadcast Board, which oversees the Voice of America. Among dozens of awards and honors, he received America’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977, and an award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 1983 for his commitment to art in America. Michener died in 1997 at the age of ninety.

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S.Elliott, May 4, 2010 (view all comments by S.Elliott)
Michener is a pro — there is no doubt about that. When it comes to history, the man knew how to suck you in.

There is so much to talk about with this book — so much that moved me and disturbed me. I can picture the brutality of a communist Hungary, the bloodshed during the revolution, and the panic-stricken refugees as they crossed a tiny foot bridge to freedom. I read the final pages of this book bleary-eyed: Stories of parents drugging their children so they could carry them silently past Soviet border guards and a dad who swam three times across an icy river taking his kids in turn to Austria — knowing that if he delayed even for a second, he would be a witness to the Russians gunning them down.

Michener’s account of the refugees fleeing Hungary was firsthand. Communist guards who were sympathetic to the Hungarians solicited his help to carry children across the border. He interviewed these young men and women mere moments after they acquired freedom from a government that oppressed them, lied to them, and killed the spirit of their country.

This whole story is engaging. Read it.
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ISBN:
9780449210505
Subtitle:
The Compelling True Story of a Brave, Embattled People
Author:
Michener, James A.
Author:
Michene
Author:
r, James A.
Author:
Michener, James A.
Publisher:
Fawcett
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
History
Subject:
Refugees
Subject:
Austria & Hungary
Subject:
Hungary
Subject:
Hungary History Revolution, 1956.
Subject:
Europe - Austria & Hungary
Subject:
Refugees -- Hungary.
Subject:
World History-Austria
Subject:
cold war;hungary;russia;hungarian revolution;european history;soviet history;historical fiction
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series Volume:
97-856
Publication Date:
19850912
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
6.92x4.23x.83 in. .33 lbs.

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