Aftershock: A Journey into Eastern Europe's Broken Dreams

3.33 avg rating
( 3 ratings by Goodreads )
)  
9781783609482: Aftershock: A Journey into Eastern Europe's Broken Dreams
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

In this unique and poignant account of faded dreams, journalist John Feffer returns to Eastern Europe a quarter of a century after the fall of communism. There Feffer tracks down hundreds of people he had interviewed for his earlier book, Shock Waves, decades before as the Iron Curtain fell. From politicians and scholars to trade unionists and grassroots activists, Feffer finds a common story of optimism dashed. These testimonies that he compiles in Aftershock make for fascinating, if sometimes disturbing, reading because they are at once very real and very timely.

Among many remarkable characters, Feffer introduces us to a Polish scholar who left academia to become head of personnel at Ikea and a Hungarian politician who turned his back on liberal politics to join the far-right Jobbik party. Feffer finds that years of free-market reforms have failed to deliver prosperity, while corruption and organized crime are rampant, and optimism has given way to bitterness and a newly invigorated nationalism. Yet, through in-depth interviews with the region’s many extraordinary activists, Feffer shows that despite these stiff odds, hope for the region’s future remains alive in many.
 

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

John Feffer is a freelance journalist and director of the Foreign Policy In Focus program at the Institute for Policy Studies. His previous books include Shock Waves: Eastern Europe After the Revolutions and Crusade 2.0: The West’s Resurgent War on Islam.
 

Review:

“Feffer's book is so important. Compared to the rest of the world, Eastern Europe is a relative success—and the same can be said about America, even after the election of Donald Trump. If the first half of Aftershock can be read as a warning of what might befall us in the years ahead, then the second half can be read as an inspiration about what we can do to prevent it.” (Salon)

“A searching, analytical work that tries to make sense of where the former East bloc countries are today and why they arrived there. The lucid, gripping narrative is a joy to read.” (International Politics and Society)

“Based on an impressive number of in-depth interviews collected over nearly a quarter century and spanning a geographical scope from the Baltic coast to the Balkans, Aftershock unlocks a plethora of personal stories and experiences from the region, showing the complexity of the post-1989 transition and political trajectory of eastern Europe.” (Open Democracy)

“Feffer brings to this story a traveler’s eye, a rich store of experiences, and a wise perspective. His thoughtful book is a reminder that few nations, anywhere, easily throw off the heritage of tyranny.” (Adam Hochschild, author of Spain in our Hearts and King Leopold’s Ghost)

“John Feffer is our 21st-century Jack London.”
  (Mike Davis, editor of New Left Review and author of City of Quartz)

“An essential account of our post-liberal times.” (Padraic Kenney, author of A Carnival of Revolution: Central Europe, 1989)

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9781783609499: Aftershock: A Journey into Eastern Europe’s Broken Dreams

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  1783609494 ISBN 13:  9781783609499
Publisher: Zed Books, 2017
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Feffer, John
ISBN 10: 1783609486 ISBN 13: 9781783609482
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
GreatBookPrices
(Columbia, MD, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 29343761-n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 14.46
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.64
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

John Feffer
Published by ZED BOOKS LTD, United Kingdom (2017)
ISBN 10: 1783609486 ISBN 13: 9781783609482
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description ZED BOOKS LTD, United Kingdom, 2017. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. In this unique, panoramic account of faded dreams, journalist John Feffer returns to Eastern Europe a quarter of a century after the fall of communism, to track down hundreds of people he spoke to in the initial atmosphere of optimism as the Iron Curtain fell - from politicians and scholars to trade unionists and grass roots activists.What he discovers makes for fascinating, if sometimes disturbing, reading. From the Polish scholar who left academia to become head of personnel at Ikea to the Hungarian politician who turned his back on liberal politics to join the far-right Jobbik party, Feffer meets a remarkable cast of characters. He finds that years of free-market reforms have failed to deliver prosperity, corruption and organized crime are rampant, while optimism has given way to bitterness and a newly invigorated nationalism. Even so, through talking to the region's many extraordinary activists, Feffer shows that against stiff odds hope remains for the region's future. Seller Inventory # AAR9781783609482

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 17.67
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Feffer, John
Published by Zed Books (2017)
ISBN 10: 1783609486 ISBN 13: 9781783609482
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
booksXpress
(Freehold, NJ, U.S.A.)

Book Description Zed Books, 2017. Paperback. Condition: new. Seller Inventory # 9781783609482

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 17.92
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Feffer, John
Published by Zed Books (2017)
ISBN 10: 1783609486 ISBN 13: 9781783609482
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)

Book Description Zed Books, 2017. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # GB-9781783609482

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 18.79
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

John Feffer (author)
Published by Zed Books Ltd 2017-11-15, London (2017)
ISBN 10: 1783609486 ISBN 13: 9781783609482
New paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)

Book Description Zed Books Ltd 2017-11-15, London, 2017. paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 9781783609482

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 14.41
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 6.23
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Feffer, John
ISBN 10: 1783609486 ISBN 13: 9781783609482
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Booklot
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. . Seller Inventory # 530ZZZ00FY5Z_ns

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 22.04
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Feffer, John
Published by Zed Books 11/15/2017 (2017)
ISBN 10: 1783609486 ISBN 13: 9781783609482
New Paperback or Softback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)

Book Description Zed Books 11/15/2017, 2017. Paperback or Softback. Condition: New. Aftershock: A Journey Into Eastern Europe's Broken Dreams. Book. Seller Inventory # BBS-9781783609482

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 22.18
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Feffer, John
ISBN 10: 1783609486 ISBN 13: 9781783609482
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Bookhouse
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. . Seller Inventory # 532ZZZ008L0F_ns

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 23.04
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Feffer, John
ISBN 10: 1783609486 ISBN 13: 9781783609482
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Booklot
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. . Seller Inventory # IR-BN-Q-9781783609482

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 23.04
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Feffer John
ISBN 10: 1783609486 ISBN 13: 9781783609482
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Book Buzz
(Greenwood Village, CO, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. Brand New. US Edition Book. We do not ship to Military Addresses. Fast Shipping with Order Tracking. For Standard Shipping 7-8 business days & Expedite Shipping 4-6 business days, after shipping. Seller Inventory # 1783609486-RMX

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 24.10
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book