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Budapest Exit
Budapest Exit

A Memoir of Fascism, Communism, and Freedom
By: Csaba Teglas
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Illustrations (15): Lajos Szalay

A partial list of newspapers and magazines that praised BUDAPEST EXIT in their reviews:
1998, Texas A&M University Press College Station
This book is an easy read. This is not intended to be derogatory; it simply asserts that this book is easily accessible. Mr Teglas is neither a writer nor historian, so there is no encounters with a sensitive ego attempting to dazzle with literary prowess or impressing with a multitude of pithy facts footnotes.

The book is a personal memoir by a common sense intelligent observer and his personal story is told with overwhelming sincerity. Mr Teglas' love for Hungary is transparently obvious throughout the book. No doubt Mr Teglas exercised selectivity concerning several of the contentious issues that involved Hungary in this most tragic of centuries - the 20th.

No country is saintly as a country, and Mr Teglas does not make any absurd attempt to portray it as saintly, however, he illuminates from his own personal experiences, the double-jeopardy kindnesses that some Hungarians offered to hunted Jews, and the humanness that was inherent in some of the Soviet soldiers that invaded his country in 1956.

Life not only defies the formulas of right or left, extremist or moderate, it transcends them. Teglas informs the readers in a pedestrian language of how Hungarians felt in their homes and streets.

The mass of North Americans have exceedingly little interest in reading of such matters, which is a pity. Although I can understand why it would be perceived as not a good read for a summer weekend at the cottage, it would be an enriching read over a winter weekend.

A noticeable absence from the book, is the political jingoism that permeates too many other texts written by anti-communists and understandably turns off North Americans. It is a pity, because such a perception overshadows a good book which has no other agenda than to provide a man's honest perception of his life and country.

The Journal News (Westchester, Putnam, and Rockland Counties), Poughkeepsie Journal, Niagara Gazette, The Observer Dispatch (Utica) and White Plains Watch, New York; Home News Tribune, New Brunswick, New Jersey; The Daily Sentinel (Nacogdoches) and El Paso Times, Texas; Dayton Daily News, Ohio; Lansing State Journal, Michigan; Connecticut Post; Montgomery Advertiser, Alabama; The Daily Advance (Elizabeth City), North Carolina; Journal and Courier (Lafayette), Indiana; Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction), Colorado; Argus Leader (Sioux Falls), South Dakota; Florida Today; The Desert Sun, California; Iowa City Press Citizen, Iowa; Rockford Register Star, Illinois, and Westchester Wag, Print, Habsburg, and Library Journal periodicals.

Excerpts from the four page review of THE OPEN UNIVERSITY (UK):
Teglas has written a lucid memoir.. a distinctive contribution.. superbly portrayed..wonderful source material.

Excerpts from the DAYTON DAILY NEWS' long review/interview:
Teglas said.. "In the Bosnian peace treaty, the war aggressors were rewarded. Serbs achieved special status and autonomy in Bosnia, but at the same time, the peace treaty did not demand that in Serbia, minorities would receive the same rights. What I am fearing is that with the Kosovo peace treaty, they may ignore the rights of other mi-norities in the general area." Budapest Exit, one man's personal saga whose echoes exist today, offers an education to those con-demned to repeat the history from which they failed to learn.

Excerpts from the LIBRARY JOURNAL's pre-publication review (July, 1988, p. 111):
Writing in a very accessible style, the author shows both the terrors he experienced and some humorous epi-sodes.. (Budapest Exit) offers an interesting view of life under both Fascist and Communist dictatorships.. Recommended for public.

Excerpts from THE JOURNL NEWS' long review/interview:
"My wartime experiences occurred a long time ego," writes Teglas, who sees parallel for Hungarians - who have substantial minority populations in Romania, Slovakia and Serbia - in the plight of ethnic Albanians. "For millions in the Balkans, the wounds of war have not healed yet. But despite the intervening years, the practices of ethnic cleansing and extreme nationalism in these episodes in history are quite similar." Teglas said the plight of those suffering should serve as a wake-up call to the dangers faced by ethnic mi-norities living within borders they didn't create.

Excerpts from the HUNGARIAN STUDIES NEWSLETTER's review:
Teglas has produced an unusually memorable work.. I could not put it down.. Budapest Exit belongs on the bookshelf of every American Hungarian family. Buy it, read it, recommend it, get your library to order it. Teglas's history is our recent history, and it has been told here in a thoroughly enjoyable form.

A Memoir of Fascism, Communism, and Freedom
By: Csaba Teglas
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Illustrations (15): Lajos Szalay

Available from the publisher: (800) 826-8911, in larger bookstores (Barnes & Noble, Borders), and on the Internet. has a few reviews as well.

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