A World Torn Asunder: The Life and Triumph of Constantin C. Giurescu

A World Torn Asunder: The Life and Triumph of Constantin C. Giurescu

by Marina Giurescu


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Constantin C. Giurescu was Romania's leading historian and author of the seminal The History of the Romanian People. His granddaughter's fascinating story of this remarkable man and his family follows their struggles in war-torn Romania from 1900 to the fall of the Soviet Union. An "enlightened" society is dismantled with the 1946 Communist takeover of Romania, and Constantin is confined to the notorious Sighet penitentiary. Drawing on her grandfather's prison diary (which was put in a jar, buried in a yard, then smuggled out of the country by Dr. Paul E. Michelson-who does the FOREWORD for this book), private letters and her own research, Dr. Giurescu writes of the legacy from the turn of the century to the fall of Commu¬nism. We see the rise of modern Romania, the misery of World War I, the blos¬soming of its culture between the wars, and then the sellout of Eastern Europe to Russia after World War II. In this sweeping account, we see not only its effects socially and culturally, but the triumph in its wake: a man and his people who reclaim better lives for themselves, and in the process, teach us a lesson in endurance, patience, and will-”not only to survive, but to thrive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936332762
Publisher: Bettie Youngs Book Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/2012
Pages: 402
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Marina Giurescu, MD was attending medical school in Bucharest, Romania when she defected to the United States in 1984. She re-did her medical education at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine 1988-1992, did her internship in pathology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, and her residency in radiology at the Yale-New Haven Hospital, followed by a one year fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York.
She has been working as a radiologist for the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ since 2000 and as an instructor in their College of Medicine. She has given many presentations at medical gatherings in Scottsdale and around the country, and has coauthored a half-dozen peer-reviewed articles for medical journals.
In regards to her authorship of A World Torn Asunder, she was born in the early 1960s and lived with her grandparents for the last fifteen years of her grandfather's life. Growing up as a child, she heard the inside and outside of all the family stories and had a particularly close relationship with her beloved grandfather, Constantin. While having a scientific bent and attracted early on to mathematics and the medical sciences, both her grandfather and her father, the historian Dinu Giurescu, were historical giants in their home country of Romania and the authors of countless books.

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