Are we doomed to repeat it? The importance of the subject makes it worth the time investment. I wish it was part of everyone's education.
The frightening insights into state-ism. There really is no difference between them and any other group of fanatics who believe that their worldview should be forced on others, and the unbelievers should be shot. I learned a lot. I understand their mindset / paradigm better now.
and to the 1940s too. One of the more interesting books that this former student of political science has read (listened to) in recent memory.
Seeing examples of how some people made it through this period relatively intact (most didn't).
I was most interested by the people of East Germany -- because I speak German -- but the events in Hungary and Poland were also of interest to me.
No, it was too long for that.
I learned that I have a lot to learn about eastern European life behind the Iron Curtain.
I am a great fan of history and thought this one would be a good listen after hearing the author interviewed on NPR. Unfortunately for me there are just too many details and it starts getting boring after awhile. I found myself skipping through because I wanted it to be done.
No. I think this book was boring. Too much detail and not enough story
Far too detailed and bounces around far too much to be enjoyable