About the author: Dr. Roman received his PhD from New York University. He is currently Professor at Western Connecticut State University. His other books include Hungary and the Victor Powers, 1945-1950 ( New York, St. Martin's Press); The Best Shall Die (Prentice-Hall, NY); After the Trial (Citadel Press, USA); and A Year as a Lion (Stein and Day, USA)1999 0-7734-8163-X
This volume deals with the period between 1949-1956, when Stalin had a commanding influence in Hungary (an influence that continued for several years after his death in 1953). Eric Roman was the first American scholar to gain access to the Hungarian archives on the Communist period – a wealth of primary sources relating to both domestic and foreign affairs, parliamentary proceedings, party politics, and official and semi-official correspondences – and render his findings, augmented by memoirs, press reports and secondary sources, in the English language.