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Journey To A Revolution: A Personal Memoir and History of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956

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2006 non-fiction book

The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was perhaps the most dramatic single event of the Cold War and a major turning point in history. Though it ended unsuccessfully, the spontaneous uprising of Hungarians against their country's Communist party and the Soviet … see full wiki

Tags: Books, Nonfiction
Author: Michael Korda
Genre: Economic History
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date Published: September 19, 2006
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The Hungarian revolution of 1956 really was the beginning of the end of the Soviet Union

  • Dec 11, 2008
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It was an event of the magnitude of what occurred more than thirty years later in China in Tiananmen Square.  But in 1956 there were no 24 hour cable news networks.  There is precious little footage of what took place in Budapest in late October of 1956.  It is safe to say however that the events that took place there during those 12 days would have a profound effect on the future of the Soviet Union. Author Michael Korda, then a 24 year old undergraduate at Oxford and a descendant of a prominent Hungarian family, journeyed to Budapest at the height of the revolution to bring much needed medical supplies and to experience first-hand what was happening in the streets of the capital city. "Journey to A Revolution" is Michael Korda's personal memoir of those dozen amazing days.  It is at the same time an overview of Hungarian history and of the events that would ultimately lead an unlikely coalition of students, intellectuals and factory workers to attempt the unthinkable.  For a precious few days it appeared for all the world that the revolution had succeeded.  And while the Soviet Union would move quickly to crush the revolution and restore a hard-line Communist regime the damage had been done.  The Soviet Union was no longer viewed by its client states as invincible and within just three short decades it would collapse of its own weight.  The Soviets won this battle but would ultimately lose the war
While I did enjoy learning more about the specifics of the Hungarian revolution I must agree with Publishers Weekly who found Michael Korda's account of these events as "strangely flat".  I am also concerned about the comments of a number of other reviewers who seem to have found numerous factual errors in this book.  While "Journey To A Revolution" is not an awful book it is certainly not something I would recommend to others.  It would appear to me that if you are seeking a much more thorough and well researched account of these momentous events then you might opt for Victor Sebestyen's 2006 offering "Twelve Days: The Story of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution".

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