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Victor Sebestyen

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  • Lenin: The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Victor Sebestyen
    • Narrated By Jonathan Aris
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    Drawing on new research, including the diaries, memoirs, and personal letters of both Lenin and his friends, Victor Sebestyen's unique biography - the first in English in nearly two decades - is not only a political examination of one of the most important historical figures of the 20th century but a portrait of Lenin the man. Unexpectedly, Lenin was someone who loved nature, hunting, and fishing and could identify hundreds of species of plants, a despotic ruler whose closest ties and friendships were with women.

  • Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire | Victor Sebestyen

    Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire

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    • By Victor Sebestyen
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
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    For more than 40 years, communism held eight European nations in its iron fist. Yet by the end of 1989, all of these nations had thrown off communism, declared independence, and embarked on the road to democracy.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Unsurpassed"
  • Twelve Days: The Story of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution | Victor Sebestyen

    Twelve Days: The Story of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Victor Sebestyen
    • Narrated By Rick Reitz
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    In Twelve Days: The Story of the 1956 Hungarian Uprising, Victor Sebestyen vividly recreates not only the days of the uprising but the events, meetings and days that led up to it. He goes back to give us snapshots of seminal moments in history that would decide Hungary's fate, such as the October 9, 1944, meeting in the Kremlin with Churchill or October 15, 1949, a day that marked the execution of Laszlo Rajk, a fierce Stalinist and one of the chief architect's of Hungary's police state and the beginning of the Bolsheviks starting "to devour [their] own children".

    Hans says: "Frustrating"
  • 1946: The Making of the Modern World | Victor Sebestyen

    1946: The Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Victor Sebestyen
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
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    In 1946, Victor Sebestyen creates a taut, panoramic narrative and takes us to meetings that changed the world: to Berlin in July 1945, when Truman tells Stalin that we have successfully tested the bomb; to Ye'nan, China, in January 1946, when General George Marshall tells the Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong that Americans won't send troops to China, assuring that the Communists will attain power.

    Phil O. says: "An education. Somber, detailed, many-faceted"
  • Lenin the Dictator: An Intimate Portrait | Victor Sebestyen

    Lenin the Dictator: An Intimate Portrait

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Victor Sebestyen
    • Narrated By Jonathan Aris
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    Victor Sebestyen's intimate biography is the first major work in English for nearly two decades on one of the most significant figures of the 20th century. In Russia, to this day, Lenin inspires adulation. Everywhere he continues to fascinate as a man who made history and who created a new kind of state that would later be imitated by nearly half the countries in the world.

  • 1946: Making the Post-War World | Victor Sebestyen

    1946: Making the Post-War World

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    • By Victor Sebestyen
    • Narrated By Cameron Stewart
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    With the end of the Second World War, a new world was born. The peace agreements that brought the conflict to an end implemented decisions that not only shaped the second half of the twentieth century but continue to affect our world today and impact its future. In 1946 the Cold War began, the state of Israel was conceived, the independence of India was all but confirmed, and Chinese Communists gained a decisive upper hand in their fight for power.

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