Book 13 of 80
I started James Michener’s book The Bridge at Andau — a non-fiction book about the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 which started after a student protest stormed a radio building in an effort to take back control of the broadcasts from the AVO (the Communist Secret Police). Michener, who was a prolific writer of historical fiction, was living near the border of Soviet occupied Hungary and Austria at the time of the revolution and had the opportunity to interview the refugees. That is where this book stems from.
This book is critically acclaimed and certainly Michener is known for his ability to tell a fascinating story. (Fun fact for the day: Before Rodgers and Hammerstein penned “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa my Hair” for South Pacific, Michener wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning book the musical was based on. I do love the song “Some Enchanted Evening.” I use to sing it to Matt in a deep and dramatic voice while prancing back and forth in front of the television while he played video games. Just a glimpse into what makes a marriage work folks.)