[PDF] Failed Illusions By Charles Gati – Pcusati.info

[PDF] Failed Illusions  By Charles Gati – Pcusati.info Winner Of The 2007 Marshall Shulman PrizeThe 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 Illusions Nevertheless 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 Illusions Is 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.


10 thoughts on “Failed Illusions

  1. Jerome Jerome says:

    A well written, well organized overview type history of events in 1956 Hungary from all sides The author argues that all parties in the affair could have resolved their differences peacefully Instead, as Gati tells it, they all vacillated between idealism and intransigence and Gati concludes that for Hungary the whole affair was a missed oppor


  2. Nick Rudzicz Nick Rudzicz says:

    At that time, neither the Hungarian nor the Soviet leaders agreed with Nagy s analysis They certainly did not heed his advice They failed to appreciate Nagy s wisdom, and they failed to recognize the centrality of his position in and out of power and they kept making one critical error after another The Kremlin s first mistake was to install Nagy in


  3. Brandy Brandy says:

    Read this for a grad class I really enjoyed the first half of this book Gati s own experience in and ties to Hungary provide for a nuanced examination of the situation in Hungary and the Soviet Union during and leading up to 1956 I m only going with three stars, however, because I do think that the American chapters are a bit lacking I feel as though the


  4. Jim Jim says:

    For me this was an eye opening introduction to the political dynamics within the USSR during the post Stalin Cold War and between the USSR and the so called satellite states Not to mention the influence management of Radio Free Europe You don t necessari...


  5. K K says:

    As Gati states, his book is not meant to inspire, but to explain At that, it is straightforward, effective, and, most importantly, it remains captivating I consulted this book for a research paper and ended up reading the whole thing within a few hours.


  6. Teresa Teresa says:

    This is not an easy read, but it is a very good interpretation A good mixture of a eyewitness accounts and archival material.


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