Victor Sebestyen was born in Budapest. He was a child when his family left Hungary as refugees. As a journalist, he has worked for numerous British newspapers, including The London Evening Standard, The Times and The Daily Mail. He has contributed to many American publications, including The New York Times. He reported widely from Eastern Europe when Communism collapsed and the Berlin Wall came down in 1989. He covered the wars in former Yugoslavia and the breakup of the Soviet Union. At The London Evening Standard he was foreign editor, media editor and chief leader writer.
Victor's first book, Twelve Days (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2006, Pantheon 2006), was an acclaimed history of the 1956 Hungarian Uprising. It was translated into 12 languages. His second, Revolution 1989 (W&N 2009, Pantheon 2009) was a highly praised account of the fall of the Soviet empire.
He has been a speaker at universities, literary festivals and conferences throughout Europe and the United States. He sat on The Advisory Council of The UK based Wilton Park, the think tank and discussion forum for international affairs.
Victor has just published Lenin the Dictator, an Intimate Portrait, a full-scale biography of the man who led the Russian Revolution and created the world’s first Communist State.