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

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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 occupation forces in the wake of Stalin's death demonstrated to the world at large the failure of Communism. In full vi ...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2006)
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"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 stu
Carol Tensen
Michael Korda's Journey to a Revolution: A Personal Memoir and History of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 is more 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 i ...more
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
Nov 27, 2011 Terry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
he certainly is proud of his Hungarian heritage...except 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 ...more
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 ...more
Margarita Morris
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.
Jan 26, 2010 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 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.
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 more factual information to back it up. This was a fast read, really, and fascinating.
Oct 17, 2010 Russ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first half of the book is the personal memoir and a little slow, but the second half gets more into the history of the Hungarian revolution and was pretty interesting.
Sep 02, 2015 Annie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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is an English-born writer and novelist who was editor-in-Chief of Simon & Schuster in New York City.
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