The Bridge at Andau: The Compelling True Story of a Brave, Embattled People

The Bridge at Andau: The Compelling True Story of a Brave, Embattled People

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by James A. Michener
     
 

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The Bridge at Andau is James A. Michener at his most gripping. His classic nonfiction account of a doomed uprising is as searing and unforgettable as any of his bestselling novels. For five brief, glorious days in the autumn of 1956, the Hungarian revolution gave its people a glimpse at a different kind of future—until, at four o’clock in the

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The Bridge at Andau is James A. Michener at his most gripping. His classic nonfiction account of a doomed uprising is as searing and unforgettable as any of his bestselling novels. For five brief, glorious days in the autumn of 1956, the Hungarian revolution gave its people a glimpse at a different kind of future—until, at four o’clock in the morning on a Sunday in November, the citizens of Budapest awoke to the shattering sound of Russian tanks ravaging their streets. The revolution was over. But freedom beckoned in the form of a small footbridge at Andau, on the Austrian border. By an accident of history it became, for a few harrowing weeks, one of the most important crossings in the world, as the soul of a nation fled across its unsteady planks.


BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from James A. Michener's Hawaii.
 
Praise for The Bridge at Andau
 
“Precise, vivid . . . immeasurably stirring.”The Atlantic Monthly
 
“Dramatic, chilling, enraging.”San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Superb.”Kirkus Reviews
 
“Highly recommended reading.”Library Journal

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“Precise, vivid . . . immeasurably stirring.”The Atlantic Monthly
 
“Dramatic, chilling, enraging.”San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Superb.”Kirkus Reviews
 
“Highly recommended reading.”Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804151481
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/18/2014
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
126,822
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

James A. Michener was one of the world’s most popular writers, the author of more than forty books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Tales of the South Pacific, the bestselling novels The Source, Hawaii, Alaska, Chesapeake, Centennial, Texas, Caribbean, and Caravans, and the memoir The World Is My Home. Michener served on the advisory council to NASA and the International Broadcast Board, which oversees the Voice of America. Among dozens of awards and honors, he received America’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977, and an award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 1983 for his commitment to art in America. Michener died in 1997 at the age of ninety.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 3, 1907
Date of Death:
October 16, 1997
Place of Death:
Austin, Texas
Education:
B.A. in English and history (summa cum laude), Swarthmore College, 1929; A.M., University of Northern Colorado, 1937.

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The Bridge at Andau: The Compelling True Story of a Brave, Embattled People 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent account of the actions and sociological constructs surrounding the Hungarian Revolution. Has a personal meaning for me since my grandfather was one of the freedom fighters and escaped with his family to the U.S. shortly after these events.