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"You are opening a Pandora's box,"
Marton was warned when she filed for her family's secret police files
in Budapest. But her family history -- during both the Nazi and the
Communist periods -- was too full of shadows. The files revealed
terrifying truths: secret love aff airs, betrayals inside the family
circle, torture and brutalities alongside acts of stunning courage --
and, above all, deep family love.
In this true-life thriller,
Kati Marton, an accomplished journalist, exposes the cruel mechanics of
the Communist Terror State, using the secret police files on her
journalist parents as well as dozens of interviews that reveal how her
family was spied on and betrayed by friends and colleagues, and even
their children's babysitter. In this moving and brave memoir, Marton
searches for and finds her parents, and love.
Marton relates her
eyewitness account of her mother's and father's arrests in Cold War
Budapest and the terrible separation that followed. She describes the
pain her parents endured in prison -- isolated from each other and
their children. She reveals the secret war between Washington and
Moscow, in which Marton and her family were pawns in a much larger game.
By the acclaimed author of The Great Escape, Enemies of the People
is a tour de force, an important work of history as it was lived, a
narrative of multiple betrayals on both sides of the Cold War that ends
with triumph and a new beginning in America.
Praise for Enemies of the People
"A true story that is deeply moving and altogether amazing. It is a mystery story, a love story, and a walk through history."
-- Barbara Walters
"Kati Marton's Enemies of the People
is a riveting moral tale of Communist terror and human courage that
will help the reader better understand a period in European history
that must be remembered."
-- Elie Wiesel
powerful and unsparing memoir is one of the great new testimonies from
the Cold War era, candidly relating a version of Arthur Koestler's Darkness at Noon as lived by one of the daughters of the resisters. I will never forget this book and neither will you."
-- Sean Wilentz, Author of The Rise of American Democracy
is an honest, bracing, unforgettable story that will change the way
readers think about the middle of the 20th century in Europe. For all
of what we know of places like Hungary in the Stalinist period, we know
nothing until we feel it, and here we do, finally and profoundly."
-- Steve Coll, Author of Ghost Wars and The Bin Ladens
is the rare page-turner and thriller that comes in the form of a family
memoir. By sharing her family's improbable journey, Kati Marton has
left her readers moved and changed, with a renewed appreciation for the
freedoms -- and the family -- we cherish."
-- Samantha Power, Author of A Problem From Hell and Chasing the Flame