One Day That Shook the Communist World: The 1956 Hungarian Uprising and Its Legacy

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Princeton University Press, 2010. dec. 16. - 312 oldal

On October 23, 1956, a popular uprising against Soviet rule swept through Hungary like a force of nature, only to be mercilessly crushed by Soviet tanks twelve days later. Only now, fifty years after those harrowing events, can the full story be told. This book is a powerful eyewitness account and a gripping history of the uprising in Hungary that heralded the future liberation of Eastern Europe.


Paul Lendvai was a young journalist covering politics in Hungary when the uprising broke out. He knew the government officials and revolutionaries involved. He was on the front lines of the student protests and the bloody street fights and he saw the revolutionary government smashed by the Red Army. In this riveting, deeply personal, and often irreverent book, Lendvai weaves his own experiences with in-depth reportage to unravel the complex chain of events leading up to and including the uprising, its brutal suppression, and its far-reaching political repercussions in Hungary and neighboring Eastern Bloc countries. He draws upon exclusive interviews with Russian and former KGB officials, survivors of the Soviet backlash, and relatives of those executed. He reveals new evidence from closed tribunals and documents kept secret in Soviet and Hungarian archives. Lendvai's breathtaking narrative shows how the uprising, while tragic, delivered a stunning blow to Communism that helped to ultimately bring about its demise.



One Day That Shook the Communist World is the best account of these unprecedented events.

 

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Paul Lendvai is a personal witness of the Hungarian revolution of 1956 who offers both the Hungarian insider's and the Financial Times Foreign Correspondent's outsider's perspective. His smooth ... Teljes értékelés elolvasása

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Introduction
1
1 A Day That Shook the Communist World
5
2 The Road to Revolution
25
3 A Night of Cataclysmic Decisions
45
4 The Legend of the Corvinists
55
5 Wrestling for the Soul of Imre Nagy
67
6 Deadlocked
75
7 A Turnaround with a Question Mark
83
14 Operation Whirlwind and Kádárs Phantom Government
149
15 The YugoslavSoviet Conspiracy
163
16 The Second Revolution
173
17 The Moral Bankruptcy of the US Liberation Theory
185
18 Worldwide Reactions
195
19 The Barbarous Vendetta of the Victors
211
Victory in Defeat?
225
Whose 1956?
241

8 The General the Colonel and the Adjutant
89
9 The Dams Are Breaking
101
10 The Condottiere the Uncle and the Romantics
109
The End of Patience
119
12 Double Dive into Darkness
127
13 The Puppeteers and the Kádár Enigma
139
Acknowledgments
247
Chronology
249
Notes
255
Bibliography
279
Index
285
Copyright

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Paul Lendvai is a leading European journalist and senior commentator on Austrian television. He is editor in chief of the Vienna-based international quarterly Europäische Rundschau. He is the author of thirteen books, including The Hungarians: A Thousand Years of Victory in Defeat (Princeton).

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