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Budapest by Victor Sebestyen
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Sep 05, 2023 | ISBN 9780593317563

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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)

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