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89: The Unfinished Revolution: Power and Powerlessness in Eastern Europe

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This is a personal view, from ground level, of a revolution that never quite finished. Of how it re-emerges, in demonstrations and uprisings, on a regular basis. How the demons of the past--of collaboration, of unsatisfied national identity, above all, of poverty--continue to haunt the present.

Blood drips on Nick Thorpe's head as he tries to escape the Romanian secret poli
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Paperback, 328 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Reportage Press (first published November 9th 2009)
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John
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting, important and very uneven. The author covers parts of the era very well and ignores others. Essentially nothing is devoted to the role of Soviet democrats in achieving the freedom for the satellites and Soviet Republics. Just Gorbachev. No credit is given to Pope John Paul II, Thatcher, Reagan. It is as if the Soviet Empire collapsed because of the anti-war movement and the ecologist. Seriously, that is the perspective provided. Very naive.
Alistaire King
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reportage at its best

This is not a history book but is pure reportage. The author worked for the BBC and was based in Hungary during this period. What we get are insights from the street and the people. The book concentrates mainly on Hungary, Romania,Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia but not ignoring Poland. We learn about the environmental campaigns in the old Eastern bloc something I haven't seen discussed before. A worthwhile read for anyone interested in the period.
Jimmy Kiteley
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Covers events in Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic and Yugoslavia very well. The beauty of this book is the chapers on what happened after 1989. Thrope's anyalsis of leaders and countries is intelligent and you learn about their cultures too.
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