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!Download Book ☬ Journey to a Revolution: A Personal Memoir and History of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 ♾ The Hungarian Revolution OfWas 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 CataloniaThe 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 EmpireTold 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 OctoberTo 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 EndJourney To A Revolution Delivers A Harrowing And Horrifying Tale Told In Spare And Poignant Prose Sometimes Bitter, Sometimes Ironic, Always Powerful Kirkus Reviews Starred
The writing and historical sections were fine, but the amount that Korda brought himself into the narrative outside of events he actually witnessed, and thus could accurately describe was so annoying Korda grew up as, and still is I assume, a wealthy member of the British elite, and he writes like it He constantly brought up his famous father, or uncle, or their friendship with Graham Greene, and how that helped pave his way to safety during their stupid trip to the Hungarian Revolution There was no thought to the privilege afforded to him It s all very flippant and careless I also think Korda s own involvement was absolutely stupid I hate how wealthy men in the 20th century and maybe still today, I don t know felt they needed a taste of adventure and thus went off to wars and conflicts that had nothing to do with them Spanish Civil War, and I guess. The Hungarian Revolution It s none of your business and why go around throwing away money and giving people false hope of Western European help especially during the Hungarian Revolution when you re just bringing some medical supplies as an excuse to go witness some fun or something Also, Korda still holds some lovely 1950s stereotypes of women Am I really surprised, at this point While I disliked Korda s injections into this story, I found the early historical section about Hungary rather interesting, and when he was able to take himself out of it, his account of the last few days of the Revolution was engaging. 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. This is the third book I ve read by Michael Korda The first two were his joint biography of his famous father and uncles Charmed Lives , and his account of the history of the best seller list His writing style is quite fluid, personal, often humorous, very easy This book is a light account of the place of the 1956 Hungarian revolution in history, its causes and aftermath, his 22 year old Oxford joinder in the latter half of those events by bringing medical supplies to Budapest, his journey there and back Korda s account has great charm as memoir he s personal, warm, often funny in his self deprecation He has insights into the motivations of the participants, their strengths and weaknesses and the fault of other nations I think Korda s too hard on the British distracting the world from influencing a possibly better result in Hungary due to its creation involvement of the Suez Canal conflict Egypt had grossly violated all treaty obligations in shutting off the Suez Canal, had been shelling Israel for months it had to be stopped Unless the Americans were prepared to intervene militarily in Hungary which they neither were nor ever said they would except in the most general exhortations to the people in central and eastern Europe to resist Soviet domination and how could they not the conflict ended quite predictably However, Korda rightly says that it was the 1956 Revolution that made it predictable how the Soviets would react in such a situation The sights, sounds, smells of Budapest over the week that Korda was there are vividly presented, and the attitudes, the atmosphere of those with whom Korda dealt are memorably brought home to the reader The book is rather light reading and very enjoyable I feel I know Korda s style and it s one that encourages me to read whatever he writes This is a particularly intriguing because personal account I would certainly recommend it to others. 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. 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. I started reading this book before my trip to Hungary and finished it on the last day It was just the right combination of history, eyewitness account, with a bit of self deprecating humor. 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 medical supplies for the hospitals Pretty much everyone thought they were crazy to travel to a war zone They were fortunate not to be killed, indeed several times they had some close scrapes While interesting and fun it remains an outsiders perspective though the author is of Hungarian descent as the author grew up and lived in England and did not experience what living in communist Hungary was like and saw the results of the fighting rather than participating in the actual fighting Still, fascinating that he just decided to go on an adventure like he did The best book I ve read so far on the subject remains James Mitchner s Bridge at Andau, a nonfiction book explaining what it was like living under communism in Hungary based on the stories of fleeing refugees and telling the story of the revolt I highly recommend the latter and probably need to re read it in the near future. Michael Korda s Journey to a Revolution A Personal Memoir and History of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 ishistory 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 admonishes him and makes him memorize it Then he burns it over his dinner plate The remainder of the book was quite entertaining though I found Korda s entitlement grating How many youth today get the luxury of following adventure and looking for excitement in someone else s war and are bankrolled by their parents to boot Am I envious of his upper class wealth perhaps Am I jealous that his parents were friends of Graham Greene and even consulted him regarding Michael s education You bet your sweet ass I am. 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 movie.