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Journey to a Revolution: A Personal Memoir and History of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 Michael Korda Journey to a Revolution A Personal Memoir and History of the Hungarian Revolution of The Hungarian Revolution of was not just an extraordinary and dramatic event perhaps the most dramatic single event of the Cold War but as we can now see fifty years later a major turning point

  • Title: Journey to a Revolution: A Personal Memoir and History of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956
  • Author: Michael Korda
  • ISBN: 9780060772611
  • Page: 149
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Journey to a Revolution: A Personal Memoir and History of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 Michael Korda The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was not just an extraordinary and dramatic event perhaps the most dramatic single event of the Cold War but, as we can now see fifty years later, a major turning point in history Here is an eyewitness account, in the tradition of George Orwell s Homage to Catalonia.The spontaneous rising of Hungarian people against the Hungarian communistThe Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was not just an extraordinary and dramatic event perhaps the most dramatic single event of the Cold War but, as we can now see fifty years later, a major turning point in history Here is an eyewitness account, in the tradition of George Orwell s Homage to Catalonia.The spontaneous rising of Hungarian people against the Hungarian communist party and the Soviet forces in Hungary in the wake of Stalin s death, while ending unsuccessfully, demonstrated to the world at large the failure of Communism The Russians were obliged to use force on a vast scale against armed students, factory workers, and intellectuals in the streets of a major European capital to restore the Hungarian communist party to power For two weeks, students, women, and teenagers fought tanks in the streets of Budapest, in full view of the Western media and therefore the world and for a time they actually won, deeply humiliating the men who succeeded Stalin The Russians eventually managed to extinguish the revolution with brute force and overwhelming numbers, but never again would they attempt to use military force on a large scale to suppress dissent in their Eastern European empire.Told with brilliant detail, suspense, occasional humor, and sustained anger, Journey to a Revolution is at once history and a compelling memoir the amazing story of four young Oxford undergraduates, including the author, who took off for Budapest in a beat up old Volkswagen convertible in October 1956 to bring badly needed medicine to Budapest hospitals and to participate, at street level, in one of the great battles of postwar history Michael Korda paints a vivid and richly detailed picture of the events and the people explores such major issues as the extent to which the British and American intelligence services were involved in the uprising, making the Hungarians feel they could expect military support from the West and describes, day by day, the course of the revolution, from its heroic beginnings to the sad martyrdom of its end.Journey to a Revolution delivers a harrowing and horrifying tale told in spare and poignant prose sometimes bitter, sometimes ironic, always powerful Kirkus Reviews starred
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    1. For those who survived, life goes on, and even looking back in time, for those of us who were there, the events of October and November 1956 seem remote now, something out of another age p 205 Michael Korda is able to combine history and memoir in one package that at times reads like a novel, but at its heart is a very personal story of one man and his Hungarian heritage The history is an inspiring story of the David versus Goliath battle that took place in Hungary in 1956 Korda was a student at [...]

    2. Michael Korda s Journey to a Revolution A Personal Memoir and History of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 is history than memoir The first hundred or so pages are very informative, though not the most pleasurable reading Once the memoir part kicks in, the dryness abates In my favorite part, he writes about meeting Graham Greene, a family friend, for advice before he drives into Hungary Korda is given a phone number to call if he finds himself in dire straits As he is about to pocket it, Greene [...]

    3. As breezy as it is insightful, this memoir history is an excellent introduction to the 56 Hungarian uprising and what led up to it Having recently returned from Budapest, this was a most enjoyable book.

    4. A nice combination of just enough history and memoir The author s Hungarian roots and his understanding of Hungarian culture help put the story of the 1956 revolution in context I ve read several books on this topic over the years and would place this one among the best.

    5. In 1956 the Hungarian people revolted against the oppressive communist government that ruled their country thru terror and tyranny Russia sent in 500,000 troops, tanks, and their Air Force to put down the revolt The first third of the book is dedicated to setting the scene by explaining the history in Hungary and Europe so you understand what is going on when the revolt starts Then we pick up into the author s story, how he and some college friends decided to drive to Hungary from Oxford with me [...]

    6. he certainly is proud of his Hungarian heritageexcept for the constant love fest this was a very interesting read I enjoyed it and learned something along the way Now for the really weird part I d never heard of his uncle, KORDA the director He was mentioned a great deal in this book and then, a day after I finished this book, I flipped to a random page in The Letters of Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh and read that Nancy Mitford sold the rights to one of her books to the director KORDA for a mov [...]

    7. I picked this up at the library while planning our trip to Budapest It was primarily the story of a few Oxford undergrads wandering around in the middle of a violent revolution Somehow it reminded me of some of Connie Willis s time traveling characters Korda did a fine job of recounting the state of affairs for anyone with a basic understanding of the events leading up to the Cold War, and a good job of explaining why the entire worlds attention seemed to be focused elsewhere throughout the whol [...]

    8. I really enjoyed this book It s not a blow by blow account of the Hungarian Uprising, but that was a good thing for me because I can find those sort of books a bit overwhelming Michael Korda has a wonderful talent for summing up big historical events and periods in a pithy style which explains the situation perfectly and, at times, renders it even humorous This is a personal account of the events he and his friends witnessed and it is written with warmth and insight.

    9. I got this book from my sister for Christmas and just finished reading it I loved it It was so interesting and helpful to better understand the history of Central Eastern Europe and the importance of the events that took place in 1956 Of course, my grandfather was Hungarian and I have visited the country, so I have a special interest in the place and the people.

    10. This was a great, quick read a memoir of someone who, as a young man, was in Budpest during the 1956 revolution and got to konw some of the student revolutionaries Vivid, felt like I was there while reading it.

    11. I read this after reading The Historian I learned a lot about the tumultuous history of Budapest and Hungary from that book, and I wanted some factual information to back it up This was a fast read, really, and fascinating.

    12. The first half of the book is the personal memoir and a little slow, but the second half gets into the history of the Hungarian revolution and was pretty interesting.

    13. Quick read, half history and half memoir so not necessarily the most rigorous historical work, but good introduction to recent Hungarian history.

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