- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback; Reprint edition (June 9, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812986741
- ISBN-13: 978-0812986747
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 183 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Bridge at Andau: The Compelling True Story of a Brave, Embattled People Paperback – June 9, 2015
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About the Author
James A. Michener was one of the world’s most popular writers, the author of more than forty books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Tales of the South Pacific, the bestselling novels The Source, Hawaii, Alaska, Chesapeake, Centennial, Texas, Caribbean, and Caravans, and the memoir The World Is My Home. Michener served on the advisory council to NASA and the International Broadcast Board, which oversees the Voice of America. Among dozens of awards and honors, he received America’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977, and an award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 1983 for his commitment to art in America. Michener died in 1997 at the age of ninety.
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My father made three attempts to leave. The third one was successful. His escape is eerily and well portrayed in the book.
Each of my parents received $5 in 1956 and ship passage/train passage to Canada into remote British Columbia. Through the years, they made it to Florida. My response to Obama's"quote "They didn't earn that. They didn't work for that" is one of dismay and anger.
The book is accurate in historical facts. There are no embellishments, just the simple facts. One of Michener's shorter and first novels to help keep history right.
The book could have been written about any of the refugees running from communists or other totalitarian governments today. Thanks for providing this book.
I prefer reading non-fiction and had not read any books about the Budapest rebellion of October 1956. This is the kind of story that you prefer was fiction, but you know that is not the case. I would agree with the subtitle that the Hungarian people were a very brave and embattled people. I had a hard time reading the chapter that dealt mainly with the torture and execution of the Hungarian people. It makes for very hard reading, but reading about it is definitely better than experiencing it.
I would highly recommend The Bridge at Andau to readers who like: well written and researched non-fiction, books about Hungary, books about communism, and books about people who greatly desire freedom and are willing to fight for it.
Highly recommend this book.