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Publisher's Summary

The Bridge at Andau is James A. Michener at his most gripping. His classic nonfiction account of a doomed uprising is as searing and unforgettable as any of his best-selling novels. 

For five brief, glorious days in the autumn of 1956, the Hungarian revolution gave its people a glimpse at a different kind of future - until, at four o’clock in the morning on a Sunday in November, the citizens of Budapest awoke to the shattering sound of Russian tanks ravaging their streets. The revolution was over. 

But freedom beckoned in the form of a small footbridge at Andau, on the Austrian border. By an accident of history, it became, for a few harrowing weeks, one of the most important crossings in the world, as the soul of a nation fled across its unsteady planks.

Praise for The Bridge at Andau:

“Precise, vivid...immeasurably stirring.” (The Atlantic Monthly)

“Dramatic, chilling, enraging.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Superb.” (Kirkus Reviews)

©1957 James Michener (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Highly recommended reading.” (Library Journal

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amazing

not an easy read. this should be on the waiting list of everyone who considers voting for socialism.

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The most important book to read regarding the ills of communism

James Michener wrote an amazing nonfiction piece in the Bridge at Andau. Any scholar studying communism would be remiss to pass this book by. He was in Hungary on the border and documented the flight of the refugees and their stories about facing thousands of Soviet tanks and troops. A must read. It should be part of our education system.

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A book with a message for today

Having lived in Vienna, Austria in the 1980's, it was sad to realize that the 1956 uprising could have led to freedom for all Hungarians if the UN and the USA had done more at that time to intervene. True freedom came over 25 years later when all of communism in eastern Europe fell. The calls today for more socialistic states in the free world could lead to more countries like Hungary after WW 2. If people voluntarily exchange personal economic freedom (capitalism) for government controlled economies (socialism), more nations like Hungary in the 1950's could be the result. Younger generations who fail to study and understand history may be destined to repeat it.

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Everyone who thinks Socialism Is good should read this

Socialism is not Communism,however they make the same promises in the beginning as described in how Hungary became Communist. True story about how Hungary came under Russian control and escaped from Russian control.

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A must read for every free person!!

The story of the Hungarian revolution helped me comprehend the fundamental lies and tactics of communism. I am better equipped to see it's encroachment on freedom today. The courage of those Hungarians and this telling of their experience with bondage and their fight for freedom is a gift to freedom loving be people the world over!

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Should be required reading of every student

Should be required reading of every high school student in the United States. Fascinating, at times difficult to listen to due to the nature of the subject.

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Every American should read this book.

No, every global citizen should read this book. We are loosing the hard won education that communism does not have our best interest at heart, and that it is as actively recruiting as it ever has been.

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Solid book and super interesting. Impressive detail and historical accuracy while still being pretty enjoyable to read. The last quarter got a bit slow otherwise I would’ve given it five stars. However, I understand why that section was needed, especially given the time the book was written.

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Captivating

I was brought to tears more than once. An enthralling yet brutal examination of the Hungarian uprising of 1956. Not just an account, but a heartfelt indictment of the Soviet style communist regimes of the Cold War. Isten áldd meg a Magyart.

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Paradigm shift

This book makes you realize just how tenuous our freedoms really are and how devious conspiring people are who want to take them away. Socialists are making promises they can't keep. This book shows you what is at the end of that impious course.