Vanished by the Danube: Peace, War, Revolution, and Flight to the West by Charles Farkas

\"In his evocative new memoir, Vanished by the Danube, Charles Farkas walks us gracefully through the Hungary of his youth. Through stories that extract beauty from everyday events, Farkas pays tribute to the simple elegance of his native country in the years preceding World War II, while never sparing us the truth about the horrors to come. In his story we are reminded that resourcefulness and optimism can prevail even in the face of great struggle.\" -- President Bill Clinton

\"This is an important addition to the history of one of the most violent chapters of the twentieth century, told by an eyewitness. Charles Farkas brings back those nightmare years at a crucial moment for Europe. We ignore their lessons at our peril.\" -- Kati Marton, author of Paris: A Love Story

\"An extraordinary life, extraordinarily well told.\" -- Thomas Dunne, Publisher and Editor, Thomas Dunne Books

\"Charles Farkas has written his life story not as a Hungarian, but as a Hungarian American, which is to say that his memoir Vanished by the Danube is a kind of farewell to all that he and his family lost, but he is neither bitter nor mournful ... this is the story of a lost world, but this is also a story about survival.\" --from the Introduction by Margaret McMullan

\"The great British-Hungarian author Arthur Koestler liked to tell of a conversation he had with an English journalist: \'Oh, Mr. Koestler\'--the journalist exclaimed--\'you have had a very colorful life.\' \'No\'--the author answered--\'it was only an East European life.\' The statement greatly applies to Charles Farkas\'s autobiography: willy-nilly, he too underwent many adventures, some good, some bad, but he always tells them with good humor and a profound understanding of human foibles. There is also great sympathy for the persecuted and the weak. All this is based on what seems to be a perfect recall of far-away events. The story relates more than just the disappearance of old social classes; it also recounts what can happen to a small country, Hungary, when squeezed between two imperialist powers.\" -- István Deák, author of The Lawful Revolution: Louis Kossuth and the Hungarians, 1848-1849

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