The Bridge at Andau

The Bridge at Andau

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At four o'clock in the morning on a Sunday in November 1956, the city of Budapest was awakened by the shattering sound of Russian tanks tearing the city apart. The Hungarian revolution -- five brief, glorious days of freedom that had yielded a glimpse at a different kind of future -- was over. But there was a bridge at Andau, on the Austrian border, and if a Hungarian could reach that bridge, he was nearly free. It was about the most inconsequential bridge in Europe, but by an accident of history it became, for a few flaming weeks, one of the most important bridges in the world, for across its unsteady planks fled the soul of a nation.... Here is James A. Michener at his most gripping, with a historic account of a people in desperate revolt, a true story as searing and unforgettable as any of his bestselling works of fiction. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Publisher: New York City, New York : Random House, [1957]
ISBN: 9780394417783
Characteristics: 270 p. :,illus. ;,21 cm.


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Jul 06, 2020

I have been reminded multiple times of the storyline in the 20+ years since I've read this book. This book is for you if you need a reminder on the threats a large government has on individual liberties. You'll see why the communism we knew in the 20th century was bad and wonder how close we are to it now. I think I originally picked up this book because it was written by Michener and wasn't as thick as his other books. I found it gripping and perhaps a must read for anyone interested in political science in the 20th century. I was most recently reminded of The Bridge at Andau by another book, "The Fall of the Red Star" by Helen Szablya and Peggy King Anderson. This is a historical novel written for youths but with the same central theme and setting as Michener's work. In the end, freedom isn't free.

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