Orbán: Hungary's Strongman

Orbán: Hungary's Strongman

by Paul Lendvai


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A no-holds-barred biography of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who has become a pivotal figure in European politics since 2010, this is the first English- language study of the erstwhile anti-communist rebel turned populist autocrat. Through a masterly and cynical manipulation of ethnic nationalism, generating fear of migrants and deep-rooted corruption, Orbán has exploited successive electoral victories to build a closely knit and super-rich oligarchy. He holds unfettered power in Hungary and is regarded as the single most powerful leader within the European Union. Orbán's ambitions are far-reaching. Hailed by governments and far-right politicians as a symbol of a new anti-Brussels nationalism, his ruthless crackdown on refugees, his open break with normative values and his undisguised admiration for Presidents Putin and Trump mean he poses a formidable challenge to Angela Merkel and the survival of liberal democracy in a divided Europe. Drawing on access to exclusive documents and numerous interviews, celebrated veteran journalist Paul Lendvai paints a compelling portrait of the most successful and, arguably, most dangerous politician in Hungarian history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190874865
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 03/01/2018
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 523,142
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Paul Lendvai is a Hungarian-born Austrian journalist who worked as a correspondent for the Financial Times for more than two decades. He is the author of Hungary: Between Democracy and Authoritarianism; Inside Austria: New Challenges, Old Demons; and Blacklisted: A Journalist's Life in Central Europe.

Table of Contents

Preface to the English edition
1. The Personal Touch
2. The Long Climb from Bottom to Top
3. The Rise and Fall of a Shooting Star
4. The Road to the First Victory
5. The Young Comet
6. The Gravedigger of the Left
7. A Mega-Scandal: Gyurcsány's 'Lie Speech'
8. Orbán's Victory in the Cold Civil War
9. The Earthquake
10. The New Conquest
11. The End of the Separation of Powers
12. The National Liberation Struggle
13. A Questionable Victory
14. The Price of 'Orbánisation'
15. Power, Greed and Corruption
16. The Great and Good of the Court
17. Hungary's 'Fuhrer Democracy'
18. 'The Most Dangerous Man in the EU'
19. The End of the Regime Cannot Be Foreseen

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