The Hungarians: A Thousand Years of Victory in Defeat (Paperback)Paul Lendvai (author)
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Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 632
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
'Glorious, immensely readable' * The Economist *
'A pleasure to read. . . . Mr. Lendvai has done a remarkable job. His book is easily the best history of Hungary in English. . . . What's remarkable is how many extraordinary individuals, admirable and otherwise, we come across in this small nation's history.' -- Stephen Goode * Washington Times *
'When Paul Lendvai, the indefatigable observer of Eastern Europe, writes a book, he usually has something exciting to relate. This book is a well-constructed mixture of historical facts, political judgements, and cultural anecdotes.' * Der Spiegel *
'Researched and constructed in a masterly fashion, this should become a standard work on Hungary. . .It reads almost like a historical novel. . .warmly recommended.' * Die Presse *
'This brief narrative of Hungarian history, elegantly translated into English, is written with verve, profound insights, and just the right degree of cynicism. It well explains the dilemma of a respectable old state squeezed between more powerful neighbours, the contradiction between individual genius and repeated national failure, and the recurring tragic conflict between the defense of nationhood and messianic nationalism.' -- Istvan Deak, Seth Low Professor Emeritus of History, Columbia University
'[R]ewarding, entertaining, and well written. . . . [F]ar more substantial than the witty musings to be found, for example, in Luigi Barzini's 'The Italians'. . . . No one who is interested in Hungary should miss reading this book.' -- Nicolas Parsons * Hungarian Quarterly *
'An outstanding storyteller. [Lendvai] not only presents scientifically based facts and analysis but also tells the reader a story. . .. A compact overview of Hungarian history, a wonderful collection of biographical sketches and a subtle description of the 'Hungarian temperament'.' * Neue Zurcher Zeitung *
'An exhaustive history of the Hungarian people. . . . The author has written a sympathetic account of Hungarian history. Yet the book also exposes the blemishes along with the heroism. . . . For those interested in the history of an art of Europe that has been shrouded in mystery and cliche, it's a helpful handbook.' -- Anne Gyulai * The Montreal Gazette *
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