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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409070078
  • Imprint: BBC Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

The Lost World of Communism


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A riveting oral history of daily life behind the Iron Curtain - to tie in with a 3 x 60 documentary series on BBC2

1989 was a year of revolution: it marked the collapse of communism in Eastern and Central Europe and and an end to an entire way of life for millions of people behind the Iron Curtain. Beginning in Hungary, the retreat from communism picked up speed over the summer when the Poles won an overwhelming victory in free elections over their pro-Soviet rulers. In the fall, East Germany and Czechoslovakia achieved freedom with surprisingly little violence. Only Romania, at the end of the year, witnessed a savage battle in the capital and the summary execution of the most notorious of Eastern Europe's dictators, Nicolae Ceausescu.

In The Lost World of Communism, Peter Molloy, producer of the accompanying BBC series, collects first hand testimony of the people who lived in East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Romania during the Cold War era, and reveals an astonishingly rich tapestry of experience that goes beyond the headlines of spies and surveillance, secret police and political corruption - in fact, many of the people remember their lives under communism as 'perfectly ordinary' and even hanker for the 'security' that it offered.

From international figures like Vaclav Havel and Lech Walesa, via the shadowy figures of Eastern Europe's intelligence and security services to its 'ordinary' citizens, the voices collected on Peter Molloy's book evoke the moods, preoccupations and experiences of a world of that vanished almost overnight.

  • Pub date: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409070078
  • Imprint: BBC Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

About the Author

Peter Molloy

Peter Molloy is a multi-award winning producer of history and current affairs series for the BBC. He is the producer of Lost World of Communism, and his other credits include CIA, a history of America's intelligence agency , Plague Wars, about chemical and biological warfare, Dirty Money, about international financial crime, Tobacco Wars, Suez, and Clear the Skies, about 9/11. This is his first book. He lives in London.

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