Budapest: Portrait of a City Between East and West

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Pantheon Books
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6.4 X 9.3 X 1.6 inches | 1.6 pounds

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About the Author
VICTOR SEBESTYEN is the author of Twelve Days, Revolution 1989, 1946 and Lenin. As a journalist, he has worked on The Times, The Daily Mail, and The London Evening Standard and written for many American publications, including The New York Times. He lives in London.
A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF FALL 2023 from Kirkus Reviews

"A fascinating chronicle of Hungary's storied capital. . . . Filled with fun footnotes and wry asides. . . . After reading [Budapest] you'll want . . . to see for yourself the city that Sebestyen so lovingly brings to life."
--The Washington Independent Review of Books

"A sweeping and insightful chronicle. . . . Sebestyen vividly describes the invasions, revolutions, wars, and catastrophes . . . that shaped Budapest as he profiles its notable rulers and citizens. . . . A comprehensive account of one of Europe's great cities."
--Publishers Weekly

"[Sebestyen's] love for the city emerges clearly in this engaging chronological account...A beautifully wrought, admiring portrait of a beloved, beleaguered city and its people."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"This book is a delight. Elegant writing, urbane knowledge, scholarly depth, and a beautifully sketched cast of warlords, writers and empresses, communists and kings. Not just a superb portrait of Budapest but a history of 2,000 years of Central Europe." --Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of The World

"A compelling portrait of one of the most important cities in Europe. Full of sharp insights, elegant writing and vivid characters, it is a magisterial work spanning 2,000 years from the Romans to the present day." --Andrew Roberts, author of The Chief

"Magnificent. . . . full of fascinating insights from an author with this city in his blood. Colourful detail and anecdote make it an exciting and often very entertaining read. . . It's vivid, engaging and page-turning." --Victoria Hislop, author of Maria's Island

"The most accessible and authoritative history of the city in a generation." --Times Literary Supplement (UK)

"Incisive . . . Sebestyen writes of his home city with deep knowledge and unabashed affection. . . . Read Sebestyen on Budapest and all you'll want is to read it again." --Financial Times (UK)

"Forever caught between East and West, the capital of Hungary encapsulates the drama of central Europe in its wonders and horrors. . . . [Sebestyen] excels in describing Budapest's Habsburg heyday, the historical role of its Jewish population and the hubris and humiliations that have helped shape the city." --The Economist (UK)

"Full of fascinating facts. . . . The narrative swings back and forth between the broad sweep of Hungary's past and the almost tangible sense of the city. . . . For anyone seeking background on Hungary's recent history, this is an excellent place to start." --New Statesman (UK)

"Highly readable. . . . a complex subject, but Sebestyen has written about it before, and his hand is very sure." --The Spectator (UK)

"Not only a rich portrait of a city but also a masterful survey of central European history." --BBC History Magazine (UK)