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The Bridge at Andau

Narrated by: Larry McKeever
Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
Categories: History, European
4.5 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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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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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.

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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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Ijust wish this book was longer.

I live with a Hungarian. This book was a great one to listen to.
I recommend this book in the audio format.

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stay away from socialism

everyone needs to read this to understand the dangers of communism and it's socialist propaganda.

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Too much 1950’s “communist menace “ rhetoric.

Too much 1950’s “communist menace” rhetoric. Not enough story. Although this might be a very good description of our current drift to an authoritarian state.

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