Though this is a political history, the social and economic aspects are well covered. Bryan Cartledge has... a perceptive eye and an elegant pen. The Will to Survive is set to become the standard work on Hungary.
[T]here are occasions when the sympathetic and interested eye... of a foreigner may penetrate the jungle of confusing events and complicated sentiments with a clarity of vision... amounting to something more than the antiseptic desideratum of 'objectivity.'... Such is the case with The Will to Survive.... Many professional historians, including Hungarians, could learn from the judgments of this former guest in their midst.
(John Lukacs Harper's Magazine