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Sebestyen, Victor 1956-

Overview
Works: 41 works in 180 publications in 9 languages and 4,732 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Biographies  Chronologies 
Roles: Author, Interviewee
Classifications: DK254.L4, 943.9052
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Most widely held works by Victor Sebestyen
Revolution 1989 : the fall of the Soviet empire by Victor Sebestyen( Book )

27 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,008 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: Revolution 1989 is the first in-depth, authoritative account of a few months that changed the world. At the start of 1989, six European nations were Soviet vassal states. By year's end, they had all declared national independence and embarked on the road to democracy. How did it happen so quickly? Why did the USSR capitulate so readily? Victor Sebestyen, who was on the scene as a reporter, draws on his firsthand knowledge of the events of 1989, on scores of interviews with witnesses and participants, and on newly uncovered archival material to answer these questions in unprecedented depth. He tells the story through the eyes of ordinary men and women as well as through the strategic moves of world leaders. He shows how the KGB helped bring down former allies; how the United States tried to slow the process; and why the collapse of the Iron Curtain was the catalyst for the fall of the entire Soviet empire
Lenin : the man, the dictator, and the master of terror by Victor Sebestyen( Book )

9 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 995 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Drawing on new research, including the diaries, memoirs, and personal letters of both Lenin and his friends, Victor Sebestyen's biography--the first in English in nearly two decades--is not only a political examination of one of the most important historical figures of the twentieth century, but a portrait of Lenin the man."--
1946 : the making of the modern world by Victor Sebestyen( Book )

26 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 984 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A revelatory book about the year that would signal the beginning of the Cold War, the end of the British Empire, and the beginning of the rivalry between the United States and the USSR. Victor Sebestyen reveals the events of 1946 by chronologically framing what was taking place in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, with seminal decisions made by heads of state that would profoundly change the old order. Whether it was the bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, the Bikini Atoll underwater atomic bomb test, or the Great Calcutta Killings in India, 1946 was a year of seismic events. Sebestyen begins the week before Christmas 1945, when Stalin announced that the USSR would not withdraw its troops from Iran, and ends with Emperor Hirohito's official unveiling of Japan's new constitution. 1946 would see the map of Eastern Europe redrawn, Chinese communists gaining decisive victories, and the birth of Israel. Though Truman, Stalin, Churchill, MacArthur, Ben-Gurion, Hirohito, and Menachem Begin are part of the story, Sebestyen also writes about the enormous suffering and ongoing persecution of civilians in the aftermath of the war: the ethnic cleansing of the German population from Czechoslovakia and Poland; the rise of a violent new anti-Semitism; the civil wars in China and Greece; the mass starvation in Japan, Eastern Europe, and Germany on a scale not seen since the Middle Ages; the spread of diseases; and such total desolation that schools, government, and transportation were nonexistent and currency was worthless. Drawing on personal testimonies and new archival research, Sebestyen has written a vivid narrative that evokes the beginning: of the Cold War in a devastated landscape of dystopian horrors.--Adapted from book jacket
Twelve days : the story of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution by Victor Sebestyen( Book )

16 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and Swedish and held by 928 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sebestyen, a journalist whose own family fled from Hungary, gives us a fresh account of this defining moment in the Cold War, incorporating newly released official Hungarian and Soviet documents, his family's diaries, and eyewitness testimony. Tracing the events that led to the rebellion, Sebestyen's narrative moves from the tumultuous streets of Budapest to the Kremlin and the White House, where we hear conversations of those who planned and took part in the uprising and of those who helped crush it--some actively, others through craven inaction. Sebestyen shows how Western rhetoric encouraged the rebels and convinced them they would receive help. For a few thrilling days, as the world watched in amazement, it looked as though the Hungarians would humble the Soviet Union. Then the Soviets showed they would resort to brutal lengths to cling to their Communist empire--and the West let them.--From publisher description
Twelve days : Revolution 1956 : how the Hungarians tried to topple their Soviet masters by Victor Sebestyen( Book )

18 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and French and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was an extraordinary story of bravery in a doomed fight for freedom." "Armed with a few rifles, petrol bombs and desperate courage, the people of Budapest rose up against the might of a superpower. For a few exciting days, as the Western world watched in amazement, it looked as though the Hungarians could win and humble the Soviet Union. Russian troops withdrew, but it was not to be. The Soviets returned with overwhelming force and the Hungarians were brutally crushed. Budapest was devastated. Hungary remained an occupied city for a further three decades." "Here was the defining moment of the Cold War, when the Soviets showed they would resort to brutal lengths to cling on to their Communist empire - and the West was prepared to let them. The free world looked on in sympathy and horror. When American rhetoric about liberating Europe from Communism encouraged the Hungarians to rebel, the freedom fighters thought they would receive help. But when the moment came, Western leaders - US President Dwight Eisenhower among them - did nothing. The Revolution was an heroic failure."--BOOK JACKET
Lenin the dictator : an intimate portrait by Victor Sebestyen( Book )

8 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Victor Sebestyen's intimate biography is the first major work in English for nearly two decades on one of the most significant figures of the twentieth century. In Russia to this day Lenin inspires adulation. Everywhere, he continues to fascinate as a man who made history, and who created a new kind of state that would later be imitated by nearly half the countries in the world. Lenin believed that the 'the political is the personal', and while in no way ignoring his political life, Sebestyen's focus will be on Lenin the man - a man who loved nature almost as much as he loved making revolution, and whose closest ties and friendships were with women. The long-suppressed story of his menage a trois with his wife, Nadezhda Krupskaya, and his mistress and comrade, Inessa Armand, reveals a different character to the coldly one-dimensional figure of legend. Told through the prism of Lenin's key relationships, Sebestyen's lively biography casts a new light the Russian Revolution, one of the great turning points of modern history
1956 : de Hongaarse opstand by Victor Sebestyen( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in Dutch and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Voorgeschiedenis, achtergronden en verloop van de Hongaarse opstand in 1956 tegen de Sovjet-overheersing
Revolution 1989 : [the fall of the Soviet empire] by Victor Sebestyen( Recording )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For more than 40 years, communism held eight European nations in its iron fist. Yet by the end of 1989, all of these nations had thrown off communism, declared independence, and embarked on the road to democracy
Lenin Ein Leben by Victor Sebestyen( Book )

4 editions published in 2017 in German and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1946 : the making of the modern world by Victor Sebestyen( )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on new archival material and many interviews, Victor Sebestyen analyzes several major postwar decisions as he discusses the economic collapse, starvation, ethnic cleansing, and displacement that followed World War II
Lenin : leven en legende by Victor Sebestyen( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in Dutch and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dit is het eerste grootschalige werk dat in twintig jaar over Lenin is verschenen. Victor Sebestyen laat een nieuw licht schijnen op de man die in Rusland nog steeds wordt aanbeden en in de rest van de wereld wordt gezien als een man die een grote stempel heeft gedrukt op de wereldgeschiedenis. Uiteraard kon Sebestyen het politieke leven van Lenin niet negeren, maar hij laat vooral de mens achter de politieke legende zien. Aan de hand van nieuw materiaal uit de directe omgeving van Lenin, haalt Sebestyen in deze levendige biografie de legende van de koude, eendimensionale Lenin onderuit. Hij kon putten uit allerlei verhalen over Lenin die in het Sovjettijdperk werden verzwegen om zijn harde reputatie geen geweld aan te doen; zo mocht bijvoorbeeld Lenins ménage à trois met zijn vrouw Nadezjda Kroepskaja en zijn minnares en kameraad Inessa Armand niet bekend worden. Sebestyen schept een ander beeld van Lenin en de Russische Revolutie, een van de grootste keerpunten in de moderne geschiedenis
Arhitectura Renasterii în Transilvania by Gheorghe Sebestyén( Book )

5 editions published in 1963 in Romanian and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lenin : the man, the dictator, and the master of terror by Victor Sebestyen( )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Victor Sebestyen's riveting biography of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin--the first major biography in English in nearly two decades--is not only a political examination of one of the most important historical figures of the twentieth century but also a fascinating portrait of Lenin the man.Brought up in comfort and with a passion for hunting and fishing, chess, and the English classics, Lenin was radicalized after the execution of his brother in 1887. Sebestyen traces the story from Lenin's early years to his long exile in Europe and return to Petrograd in 1917 to lead the first Communist revolution in history. Uniquely, Sebestyen has discovered that throughout Lenin's life his closest relationships were with his mother, his sisters, his wife, and his mistress. The long-suppressed story told here of the love triangle that Lenin had with his wife, Nadezhda Krupskaya, and his beautiful, married mistress and comrade, Inessa Armand, reveals a more complicated character than that of the coldly one-dimensional leader of the Bolshevik Revolution.With Lenin's personal papers and those of other leading political figures now available, Sebestyen gives is new details that bring to life the dramatic and gripping story of how Lenin seized power in a coup and ran his revolutionary state. The product of a violent, tyrannical, and corrupt Russia, he chillingly authorized the deaths of thousands of people and created a system based on the idea that political terror against opponents was justified for a greater ideal. An old comrade what had once admired him said that Lenin "desired the good . . . but created evil." This included his invention of Stalin, who would take Lenin's system of the gulag and the secret police to horrifying new heights.In Lenin, Victor Sebestyen has written a brilliant portrait of this dictator as a complex and ruthless figure, and he also brings to light important new revelations about the Russian Revolution, a pivotal point in modern history.(With 16 pages of black-and-white photographs)
Budapest 1956 : la prima rivolta contro l'impero sovietico by Victor Sebestyen( Book )

4 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in Italian and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1946 : la guerra in tempo di pace by Victor Sebestyen( Book )

4 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in Italian and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How the Hungarians tried to topple their Soviet masters by Victor Sebestyen( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 is a story of extraordinary bravery in a fight for freedom, and of ruthless cruelty in suppressing a popular dream. A small nation, its people had the courage to rise up against one of the world's superpowers. Victor Sebestyen tells the story
The fall of the Soviet Empire by Victor Sebestyen( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How the Soviet Union's European empire collapsed in a dizzying few months of revolutions that changed the world
Galați : arhitectura nouă by Victor Sebestyen( Book )

5 editions published in 1967 in 3 languages and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lenin by Victor Sebestyen( Book )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and Italian and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tōō kakumei 1989 : Soren teikoku no hōkai by Victor Sebestyen( Book )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2017 in Japanese and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Twelve days : the story of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution
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세바스티언, 빅터 1956-

セベスチェン, ヴィクター

セベスチェン, ヴィクター 1956-

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