"The study under review here is a fine account of the struggle for Hungary's future after World War II, a transitional period when noncommunists believed they could overcome overwhelming odds and obtain a modicum of independence and political pluralism for their country. While more information might well surface one day from Soviet archives and modify what we now know, and other scholars might and indeed should scrutinize the motives and activities of the United States in greater detail, Hungary from the Nazis to the Soviets is going to the be the standard work on the subject for years to come." - Charles Gati, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, D.C.
"Kenez deserves praise for judicious and clearly written account of Hungary's traumatic absorption into the Soviet-Communist sphere"
Bennet Kovrig, The International History Review
"Illuminating book....a valuable contribution to the ongoing debate."
-Mark Kramer, American Historical Review
"In this lucid, thorough text, Peter Kenez argues that Moscow, not Budapest, decided Hungary's postwar fate, but also that Soviet policy was improvisational rather than deterministic." -Andrea Orzoff, German Studies Review
This is the first book in any language to describe in detail the establishment of the communist regime in Hungary. Hungary was the last ally of Nazi Germany, and as such suffered dreadful destruction in course of the fighting during the last year of the war. The war discredited the political and social elite and gave opportunity for a new beginning. Early optimism in democratic circles, however, quickly dissipated. The communists, who had negligible indigenous support, with the help of the Soviet Army in a short time managed to destroy any organized opposition to their taking power. .