Bridge at Andau by James Michener is a classic account of a courageous and doomed revolution – the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. If you haven’t read it yet, it is a must! Paperback.
Book Review by Landon Vos
The Bridge at Andau was based on numerous interviews Michener conducted with Hungarian Refugees immediately after the revolution. First published in 1957, the book is split into sections each following a fictional person whose story is a combination of broad themes and horrifying details together from several real refugees. The horrors suffered by the Hungarian people are so great that this book is not recommended for children under 14.
The reader will notice that there is no one class or background that unites freedom fighters. They are factory workers, students, communist party members and soldiers. All are Magyars and all are committed to freedom. These freedom fighters gave everything they had to gain and defend their liberties and they suffered and lost much.
As an American it makes me truly appreciate the freedoms I have and thankful that for over 200 years there have always been people ready to give everything they had in defense of freedom. That is a fitting thought this 4th of July weekend. God Bless the Magyars and God Bless the United States of America!