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Item : Great Escape: Great Escape [Paperback]
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Author Author : Marton, Kati
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 074326116X
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780743261166
Publisher Publisher : Simon & Schuster
Pages Pages : 288
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100377785

Extravagantly praised by critics and readers, this stunning story by bestselling author Kati Marton tells of the breathtaking journey of nine extraordinary men from Budapest to the New World, what they experienced along their dangerous route, and how they changed America and the world.

This is the unknown chapter of World War II: the tale of nine men who grew up in Budapest's brief Golden Age, then, driven from Hungary by anti-Semitism, fled to the West, especially to the United States, and changed the world. These nine men, each celebrated for individual achievements, were part of a unique group who grew up in a time and place that will never come again. Four helped usher in the nuclear age and the computer, two were major movie myth-makers, two were immortal photographers, and one was a seminal writer.

The Great Escapeis a groundbreaking, poignant American story and an important untold chapter of the tumultuous last century. Describes the crossroads where art and politics meet, the perils of dictatorship and the horrors of war, all of it punctuated by the frantic struggle to create the atomic bomb.... Deserves a special place on bookshelves alongside Budapest 1900. -- Robert Leiter,The New York Times Book Review No exaggeration at all is needed to stress the importance of these individuals, who really did 'change the world,' as the book's subtitle has it.... No false melodrama is needed for Marton to make this an intensely gripping story.... For a European, this story -- with its reminder of horrors still within living memory -- is painful and absorbing to read. -- Geoffrey Wheatcroft,The Washington Post Book World Marton, who fled Hungary as a child in 1957, illuminates Budapest's vertiginous Golden Age and the darkness that followed.... By looking at these nine lives -- salvaged, and crucial -- Marton provides a moving measure of how much was lost. --The New Yorker The Great Escapeis a good fit for Kati Marton'lx

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