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Dracula Is Dead

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In December 1989, Romanians overthrew dictator Nicolae Ceasescu, ending more than forty years of Communist totalitarianism.Twenty years later, Romania is a thriving democracy, an economic success, and a member of NATO and the European Union.What's the story behind the Romanian miracle?Join former United States ambassador to Romania Jim Rosapepe and his wife, award-winning ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Bancroft Press (first published September 29th 2009)
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Alyce (At Home With Books)
Prior to reading Dracula Is Dead I had very little knowledge of Romania. I knew that Romanian is a romance language (thanks to my high school Spanish teacher) and I have heard of the Carpathian Mountains (thanks to the Left Behind series). I also have a vague recollection of hearing about the orphans of Romania when I was a teenager. The funny thing is that Dracula isn't one of the first things to pop into my mind when I think of Romania, so this title was a little bit cryptic to me at first. Th ...more
Kathrina
This is an ideal companion for any Romanian tourist. Kast and Rosapepe paint a broad picture of contemporary life in Romania, twenty years into its present democracy. Rosapepe, as a former US ambassador, approaches contemporary controversies from an American perspective, but with a Romanian empathy. The book is organized as a series of anecdotes across each region of the country, therefore the flow is a bit choppy, ranging page to page from local politics, ethnic diversity, the crisis of Romania ...more
Mary
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"In December 1989, Romanians overthrew dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu, ending more than forty years of Communist totalitarianism.

Twenty years later, Romania is a thriving democracy, an economic success, and a member of NATO and the European Union.

What’s the story of the Romanian miracle?

Join former United States ambassador to Romania Jim Rosapepe and his wife, award-winning journalist Sheilah Kast, on an amazing tour of an amazing land—beyond Dracula, beyond orphans, beyond Communism, to the vibrant
...more
Laura
An interesting overview of Romania - good for those with little previous knowledge of the country, as facts are often repeated throughout the book. It's important to recognize that the authors are rather biased towards Romania, and present it in a much more positive light than other surrounding countries that are discussed. it is important to realize that the book is written with a pro-Romania agenda, and that some of the more upsetting parts of Romania's past have been glossed over.
Kaigham
A broad-brush introduction to modern Romania as seen from the eyes of two curious and engaged people who had the honor of representing the United States. Well-written narrative with compelling personal stories that bring an important but forgotten country/people back on our radar. I hope all of our Ambassadors and spouses are like Sheilah and Jim.
Freyja Vanadis
This book wasn't quite what I was expecting, but I enjoyed it anyway. I thought it would be more about the history of Romania; instead it was a narrative of this American couple's adventures while living there as the US Ambassador and his wife. Still, it was a nice insight into how the Romanian people of today live.
Ann
Good book on the history of Romania coming out of communism. It gave me a good feel for the people and culture. I read it in honor of Emily while she is in Romania for the summer. I always feel the need to read something "light" after a communism book.
Kiddo
Overly optimistic gloss of disjointed anecdotes that say much about cutsy culture but nothing about realistic motivations or reasons for them.
Scott
wow. this could have been a really interesting book, but it was so so so boring and poorly written it was painful to read.
Elizabeth
Nov 03, 2009 Elizabeth marked it as to-read
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A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for
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Entertaining and spot on.
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