Red Horizons: The True Story of Nicolae and Elena Ceausescus' Crimes, Lifestyle, and Corruption
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Red Horizons: The True Story of Nicolae and Elena Ceausescus' Crimes, Lifestyle, and Corruption

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A former chief of Romania's foreign intelligence service reveals the extraordinary corruption of the Nicolae Ceausescu government of Romania, its brutal machinery of oppression, and its Machiavellian relationship with the West. An in side story of how Communist Party leaders really live.
Paperback, 316 pages
Published April 15th 1990 by Regnery Publishing (first published 1987)
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Every Romanian should read this book in order to find out more about the crimes that Nicolae Ceausescu committed and the great fortune that he gathered while the Romanians where queuing to buy a slice of bread..
Apr 25, 2007 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: absurdists
This is a memoir of Romania's top spy for Stalinism's oddest creations - Nicolai and Elena Ceausescu of Romania. It stays by my bed, as important as my pillow. Anyone drawn to the concept of personality cults as a source of great comedy will find nirvana here. The Ceausescu's were appalling, banal, deluded. They watched old Kojac re-runs night after night in one of 27 palaces; they wiretaped everybody, preferably having sex. They built the second largest building on earth, and one of the ugliest...more
Andrei Gavrila
"Cînd a plecat, Ceausescu s-a aşezat ca de obicei pe scaunul din faţă al Mercedesului său, forţîndu-ne pe Avram si pe mine să ne înghesuim pe scaunele din spate cu Elena. Era euforic.
— Ce cîntăreste mai mult, Avrame, un kilogram de aur sau un kilogram de mostre ? a întrebat Ceausescu.
— Un kilogram din creierul dumneavoastră, tovarăşe Ceausescu, a replicat cu promtitudine Avram.
— Nu eşti atît de prost pe cît pari, Avrame, a ciripit Elena. De ce nu eşti mai înalt şi mai slab ?
— Dacă as putea scrie...more
Marin Popa
All his books are written as articles for tabloids - everything has to be shocking, and bombastic.
No detailed and sincere data like in the books of Mitrokhin or Gordievski.
There is so much inexactness in the data that is available for anyone, that I cannot trust his "secrets" .

He presents himself very detached from Ceausescu and the others. I wonder how he could work for such a detestable regime for so long until he decided to switch sides.
He does not say, and his motivations for deserting the r...more
Mimi Attleson
Learned absolutely NOTHING! Except, of course, that anyone can publish a book! One of only a few books that I will not finish. I CANNOT find anything on Roumania.

Pitched it!
Cezar Petriuc
It is incredible how involved Ceausescu and the Romanian intelligence services were in the Middle East...

A salient detail that caught my attention was Ceausescu's astonishment during his "trial" upon hearing that "mercenaries" were shooting into the crowds demonstrating against him -- of course, his surprise was in fact justified given that those terrorists were most likely hired by the leaders of the coup.

Here is my favorite Ceausescu quote, regarding his plans to wiretap every home in Romania:...more
10% speculations and 90% aberrations. This book represents Dictator Ceausescu like a genius who was thinking big, but in reality he was a just a simple stupid peasant. Let's do not forget who the author was, how much damage he made and how many people suffered from his actions in communist Romania.
Meg Lindsay
A story not well-known in America, but fascinating to discover. This book shines a light on the history of Communist Romania in a shocking way.
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dastane efshagarihaye reyise polis makhfie sabeghe romani ke ye shabe khabnam shode va vojdan dard gerefte ba zeke goje khorihaye chaoshesko;)
A fascinating insight into the self-serving life of an Eastern European dictator during the Communist era.
It was a little dry, but it got the job done. They were crazy.
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