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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (155 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kati Marton Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The stunning story of the breathtaking journey of nine extraordinary men from Budapest to the new world, what they experienced along their dangerous route, and how they changed America and the world.

In a style both personal and historically groundbreaking, acclaimed author Kati Marton (herself born in Budapest) tells the tale of their youth in Budapest’s Golden Age of the early twentieth century, their flight, and their lives of extraordinary accomplishment, danger, glamour, and poignancy.

Marton follows these nine over the decades as they flee fascism and anti-Semitism, seek sanctuary in America and England, and set out to make their mark. The scientists Leo Szilard, Edward Teller, and Eugene Wigner enlist Albert Einstein to get Franklin Roosevelt to initiate the development of the atomic bomb. Along with John von Neuman, who pioneers the computer, they succeed in achieving that goal before Nazi Germany, ending the Second World War, and opening a new age.

Arthur Koestler writes the most important anti-Communist novel of the century, Darkness at Noon. Robert Capa is the first photographer ashore on D-Day. He virtually invents photojournalism and gives us some of the century’s most enduring records of modern warfare.

Andre Kertesz pioneers modern photojournalism, and Alexander Korda, who makes propaganda films for Churchill, leaves the stark portrait of a post-war Europe with The Third Man, as his fellow filmmaker, Michael Curtiz, leaves us the immortal Casablanca, a call to arms and the most famous romantic film of all time.

Marton brings passion and breadth to these dramatic lives as they help invent the twentieth century.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by CJ | 2/16/2014

    " An amazing academic account of the lives of some of the world's most amazing minds, but a slow read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shauna Elias | 2/7/2014

    " I'm still deciding whether this is a 3 or 4. Each of the featured individuals could certainly merit their own book. The fascinating question that I am left with at the end is if the type of creativity and drive these 9 individuals had could be found in future generations. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kim Heimbuch | 2/4/2014

    " This was a real difficult read to get into. I was expecting to read about the life altering journeys of these nine men as they escaped the hands of the Hitler regime, but it just never really happened. It spent most of the time talking about the Hungarian lifestyle, the entertainment business such as film and production as well as photography and also a lot about famous people such as Einstein and movie actors long since dead. Although this in itself might have been an interesting read to many, I was really looking for the plight of freedom from the German devastation. One thing is correct though, the people in this book definitely left their impact on this world, but it could have been written better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Florence | 2/2/2014

    " I am intrigued by the cultured existance Jewish people had in Europe before the Nazis came to power. "

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