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If they gave out gold medals for books, Dracula is Dead would get one. It s a fascinating, long overdue, and timely look at Romania, giving readers an unparalleled view of my country s many, many layers.
--Nadia Comeneci, Olympic champion and gymnastics coach
What a great read! With the eye of the journalist and the ear of the politician, Sheilah Kast and Jim Rosapepe make their Romanian experience so absorbing that you'll want to jump on the next plane to go see for yourself. But I refuse to believe that Dracula is really dead.
--Cokie Roberts, author, syndicated columnist and senior political analyst for ABC News and NPR
You don't have to be Italian-American to understand why Sheilah and Jim call Romania the New Italy: Latin language, dazzling creativity, roots in the Roman Empire. They show you the Romania you don't know, the place you'll want to visit.
--Bill Novelli, former CEO, AARP
About the Author
Sheilah Kast is anaward-winning journalist well known to viewers of PBS, ABC, and CNN, and to listenersof NPR. For ABC, she reported on the collapse of Communism from Moscow and Tbilisiand covered Hillary Clinton's first trip to Eastern Europe. She hosts her owndaily magazine show on WYPR, the public radio affiliate in Maryland.
Jim Rosapepe representedthe United States as ambassador to Romania from 1998 to 2001, bringing to thejob experience in American government and business, as well as in the formerCommunist world. Since returning home to Maryland, he has served on the boardsof investment funds and companies active in Europe and the former Soviet Union,as well as the Council of American Ambassadors. He has written on economic andsecurity issues for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and TheHarvard International Review.
Jim and Sheilah have beenmarried since 1983, and live in College Park, Maryland. They can becontacted through the book's Web site, draculaisdead.com.
File Size: 6502 KB
Print Length: 464 pages
Publisher: Kast and Rosapepe; 2 edition (December 7, 2014)
Sometimes the names of the players tripped me up, but the concepts were clearly stated. I was told about this book from a friend who knows Jim R as a friend. I am glad he did, it makes me want to put Romania on my bucketlist. Definitely worth your time so that you see Eastern Europe in a different light than the focus provided in American media and history books.