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4.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting and truthful - at least for us fomer Hungarians, 13 Dec 2009
This book is the dramatic story of the parents of the author, Kati Marton, during the second world war and the communist regime. The parents (they were Jewish) come through as interesting, charming, devoted people, one of a kind. I was living in Hungary during the years the book mostly covers (1940-1956), for me it contains lots and lots of stuff and remembrances. New information as well. I believe that everything in the book is "true", nothing is exaggerated or rings false.
Why do I give it 4 stars and not 5? Because the last 25% (after the parents and Kati arrived to the promised land, the USA) is a bit too much for my taste. Perhaps it is a necessity, so people who are not from Hungary "get it".
Still, this is one of the best non-fiction books about the communist era behind the iron curtain I have read. (The other one is "Swimming across" by Andy Grove.)