The Man They Killed on Christmas Day Paperback – 29 Jul 2013
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About the Author
Catalin Gruia is a veteran journalist who has written and reported for the Romanian edition of National Geographic for over 10 years. He is currently Editor in Chief of National Geographic Traveler and Deputy Editor in Chief of National Geographic Romania.
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Top Customer Reviews
Christmas lost its magic.
The riot in the street and the sound of fireguns shots replaced the magic with terror.
Still, unvoiced joy made its way through adults'eyes, while an anxious silence grabbed everybody.
Unlike adults, I experienced some kind of a paradoxal feeling of regret for the dethroned dictator.
In school I was thaught to respect him. He was some kind of hero turning the very idea of justice into something touchable.
All of a sudden the handsome, smiling man whose neverfailing portrait throned on every school classroom wall was caught.
Strangely, on TV I saw he was old and helpless. I felt sorry for him.
I wondered how was it possible for such old helpless man to have control over a country of people who hated him??
How was it still possible for us, the young ones, to like him, though??
Reading Catalin Gruia's book I come to get the whole picture and the explanations I needed to solve out the paradox.
Catalin has the power to synthetise and restore a complicated long story by emphasizing the key moments and to equally provide the reader with the detailed and juicy insights to keep him / her on the edge of the seat.
He has a great capacity to sense out the essential and combine journalistic objective narration with interesting reflections and surprising details.
For instance, he draws attention on the enactment of a law replacing the term Mr./Mrs/MS with Comrade/Citizen or the law that limited the circulation of cars on Sunday by odd/vs/even plate numbers every other week.
These may look like fiction stories, but were actually enacted and experienced in real life, less than 30 years ago.
I found this book very useful and easy to read.
I was answered questions I have asked myself and I have also found essential information hard to dig for and select on my own.
same mistakes in the future.
All the failures were put at the feet of one man. The sycophants around him panicked and shot him before their role was revealed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For the beginner wanting to know about Romainian history, this book is a good startPublished 2 months ago by Macira
Really dreadful. Flimsy, insignificant, a rapid sprint over events that are meant to be monumental, no real insight, no evoking of the inner-workings of the mind of this tyrant or... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dr K Dragon
Repeition, lacking substance and after reading the book felt i knew less rather than more about Romania dont waste your moneyPublished 16 months ago by debra hudson
I really enjoyed this book which only took two hours to read. I know Romania, and many Romanians, well. Read morePublished on 18 Feb. 2014 by Paul
I found this book disappointing and lacking in both factual detail and analysis. The subject certainly lends itself to a more thorough review by one of the 'heavyweight' modern... Read morePublished on 20 Sept. 2013 by Seymour K.