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Tinderbox chronicles the events that took place in Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary after the 20th Congress of the CPSU, leading up to the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. Written from a journalistic perspective, the author employs interviews with still-living participants, as well as many previously unpublished photographs.
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John P. C. Matthews retired in 1994 from the presidency of his own company, East Europe Trade Associates, to conduct research on the year 1956 in east-central Europe. The first product of his research, "Majáles: The Abortive Student Revolt in Czechoslovakia in 1956," was published by the Cold War International History Project of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 1998. He is currently beginning research for a book on the Hungarian revolution of 1956.
In 1968 he helped to found the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) and until 1981 was in charge of its East European operations. Prior to that he helped to administer international programs at his alma mater, Princeton University, from which he had graduated in 1951. Three years as Director of Programs at the World Affairs Center of the Foreign Policy Association in New York followed his ten years with the Free Europe Committee, which he served in both Munich and New York. After four and a half years with Radio Free Europe (RFE) he joined Free Europe Press and eventually became head of European operations for that branch of the committee. Relevant articles include: "Renewal in Poland," Worldview, June 1981," "Hungary Remembered, 1956-1981," Worldview, Nov. 1981, and "RFE's Role in the Hungarian Revolution," Budapest Sun, Nov. 4-10, 1993.
Matthews resides in Princeton, New Jersey, and summers in Middletown, Rhode Island.Review:
I find the book's topic very important ... a story that needs to be told, and [he] ... tells it well. -- Jan Nowak, former President of the Polish-American Congress and former head of the Polish Desk of Radio Free Europe.
[T]he author conveys convincingly the characteristic manifestation of a revolutionary situation. --István Deák, Seth Low Professor Emeritus of History, Columbia University
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Book Description Fenestra Books, 2003. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111587361418