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BUDAPEST: Between East and West

Writer and historian

Budapest by Victor Sebestyen

"Magnificent... a really fine history... full of fascinating insights from an author with this city in his blood. Colourful details and anecdotes make it exciting.... Victor Sebestyen brings the key heroes and monsters in Budapest’s history to life... vivid, engaging and page-turning."

Victoria Hislop  

"Victor Sebestyen’s Budapest is  a compelling portrait of one of the most important cities in Europe. It is full of sharp insights, elegant writing and vivid characters,   a magisterial work  spanning 2,000  years from the Romans to  the present day."

Andrew Roberts

"This book is a delight. Elegant writing, urbane knowledge, scholarly depth, and a beautifully-sketched cast of warlords, writers and empresses, communists and kings. Not just a superb portrait of Budapest but a history of 2,000 years of central Europe."

Simon Sebag Montefiore


Lenin the Dictator by Victor Sebestyen

"A richly readable new biography…enthralling."   

The Mail on Sunday: Francis Wheen  

"Excellent, original and compelling portrait of Lenin as man and leader."

Simon Sebag Montefiore

REVOLUTION 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire

Revolution 1989 by Victor Sebestyen

"A must-have account. Sebestyen's brilliantly written narrative unfolds in brief, gripping episodes."


"Sebestyen's strength is his sharp focus and racy prose... Here is history written like a Greek tragedy... In Revolution 1989 nothing is taken for granted until the last triumphant page."

The Times

TWELVE DAYS: Revolution 1956

Twelve Days by Victor Sebestyen

"A small masterpiece that should be read and treasured by all who value mankind’s eternal quest for freedom."

New York Post

"A magisterial but totally gripping and fresh account of the noble, violent, and doomed Hungarian revolution."


Simon Sebag Montefiore

1946: The Making of the Modern World

1946: The Making of the Modern World

"This is an exceptionally involving and horrifying book."


The Spectator: Sam Leith
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