Book recs please: U.S. involvement in Hungarian Uprising
April 27, 2023 3:29 PM   Subscribe

Looking especially for author who also captures early decisions during Truman Administration, involving Dean Acheson and the CIA.
posted by John Borrowman to Law & Government (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Acheson's own Pulitzer Prize-winning Present at the Creation?
Edited to add: memoir covers 1941-1953; "With deft portraits of many world figures, Dean Acheson analyzes the processes of policy making, the necessity for decision, and the role of power and initiative in matters of state."
posted by Iris Gambol at 4:28 PM on April 27

Best answer: Failed Illusions: Moscow, Washington, Budapest, and the 1956 Hungarian Revolt
by Charles Gati

Review of the book and links to CIA histories here

The 1956 Hungarian Revolution: A History in Documents
A National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book
Edited by Malcolm Byrne (same site as the review above)
posted by snuffleupagus at 6:56 PM on April 27

Response by poster: The green has done it again. Thank you!

I anticipated the suggestion of Present at the Creation (and have read it). Cynic that I am, however, I don't trust Acheson to write objectively on this subject any more than I would trust the Dulles brothers to write objectively about the CIA.
posted by John Borrowman at 9:33 AM on April 28

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