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The Hungarian Tiger (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Tibor Fischer
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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In April 2014, Viktor Orbán, the youngest elected Prime Minister in Hungarian history, became Prime Minister of Hungary for the third time, for the second time with a supermajority, making him the most significant Hungarian politician since the nineteenth century. Beat that. He changed Eastern Europe, and may well do the same for Western Europe.

“ The Hungarian Tiger” is everything you wanted to know about Hungarian politics, but were afraid to ask. It is both a profile of Orbán and an examination of the highly distorted and unfavourable image of him that has been propagated by the international press who, when it comes to Hungary, don’t know their komondor from their kuvasz, or their kuruc from their labanc, or as we say in English, their arse from their elbow.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3899 KB
  • Print Length: 47 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KXGAYPW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,790 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, funny and full of insight 16 Jun 2014
By Tim
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This book sets out to show you how Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán has tiger-like qualities in destroying his opponents and sets about doing so by leading you through Hungarian political history from 1900-ish to present day. Now that may sound dry and boring but it actually isn't thanks to Fischer's great style of writing which I genuinely found hard to put down.
Having thoroughly enjoyed the book I am marking it down a star as I don't feel it dealt with what it set out to do - I don't feel I now know how Orbán is predatory in nature, I don't feel like I have any examples of him playing with an opponent before off-ing them politically, and I don't feel like his rise is inevitable or world-changing (yet). The book dealt with the issues of the oppositions to Orbán and how they helped Orbán up politically, etc - and I do now like Orbán - but that is not what the text set out to do.
If you like HHhH by Laurent Binet then you'll love this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tiger tale has real bite 2 July 2014
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You don't have to be interested in Hungary (Fischer says nobody's interested in Hungary) to find The Hungarian Tiger hugely entertaining. Publishing it as an ebook gives him the freedom to be as scathing as he likes (which is very scathing) about the sloppy, wilfully inaccurate way journalists cover politics in countries other than their own. This is not just a portrait of Hungary's hugely popular Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, it's a laugh-out-loud history lesson that shows how change really happens. Each political phase is illustrated by a joke popular in Hungary at the time. "Capitalism is the exploitation of man by man - socialism is the opposite." I think Tibor Fischer is one of the wittiest writers ever.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magyar Matters 17 Jun 2014
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This book for me was unputdownable. The most gripping political writing I have read in twenty years. Clearly Hungary is on the map.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Racy and revealing 16 Jun 2014
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Brilliant pocket history of recent Hungarian politics, and excellent debunking of incompetent (almost all) West European and especially anglophone journalists.
On the critical side, he says very little about what policies his hero, Orban, has pursued in his country, other than win a huge elected majority and NOT get rid of corrupt politicians in his government.
On the positive side, some verbal gems, my favourite being that Britain's head of state is the result of an erection, not an election.
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An interesting topic, but this book is not very well written. The author seems to be in a hurry, but has surprisingly little to say.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 2 July 2014
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Very interesting easy read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 July 2014
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IA fascinating and instructive history of Hungary today.
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By Pris
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Not knowing anything about Hungary's history its good. But I also find I can put it down and go back to it. Although I have not yet finished it I like it.
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