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

One Day That Shook the Communist World The Hungarian Uprising and Its Legacy On October 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 t

  • Title: One Day That Shook the Communist World: The 1956 Hungarian Uprising and Its Legacy
  • Author: Paul Lendvai
  • ISBN: 9780691132822
  • Page: 216
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 liberOn 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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    1. This is a compelling account of the 1956 Hungarian revolution. It also comes with a helpful chronological index in the back.

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