Failed Illusions Moscow, Washington, Budapest, and the 1956 Hungarian Revolt

ISBN-10: 0804759642
ISBN-13: 9780804759649
Edition: 2006
Authors: Charles Gati
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 2/6/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

The 1956 Hungarian revolution, and its suppression by the U.S.S.R., was a key event in the cold war, demonstrating deep dissatisfaction with both the communist system and old-fashioned Soviet imperialism. But now, fifty years later, the simplicity of this David and Goliath story should be revisited, according to Charles Gati's new history of the revolt. Denying neither Hungarian heroism nor Soviet brutality,Failed Illusionsnevertheless modifies our picture of what happened. Imre Nagy, a reform communist who headed the revolutionary government and turned into a genuine patriot, could not rise to the occasion by steering a realistic course between his people’s demands and Soviet geopolitical and ideological interests. The United States was all talk, no action, while Radio Free Europe simultaneously backed the insurgents' unrealizable demands and opposed Nagy. In the end, the Soviet Union followed its imperial impulse instead of seeking a political solution to the crisis in the spirit of de-Stalinization. Failed Illusionsis based on extensive archival research, including the CIA’s operational files, and hundreds of interviews with participants in Budapest, Moscow, and Washington. Personal observations by the author, a young reporter in Budapest in 1956, bring the tragic story vividly to life.

Series Preface
Preface to the Paperback Edition
Introduction to the Argument
The Inadvertent Revolutionary
Washington and Budapest before the Explosion
Moscow and Budapest before the Explosion
The Revolt That Failed
The Revolt That Did Not Have to Fail
Epilogue: Memories Repressed and Recovered
Acknowledgments
Selected Bibliography
Index

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