My Family's Journey To America
Simon & Schuster
On Sale: October 20, 2009
Featuring: Kati Marton
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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 affairs, 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
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.
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