In late October and early November of 1956 the world's attention was riveted on the uprising in Budapest and the revolution which rapidly enveloped the country; even more so when it was brutally crushed by the Soviet Union in only a few days. Matthews, a journalist at Radio Free Europe, realised he had a ringside seat and saved every scrap of news. From those reports and memoirs, he recreates a picture of that exhilarating time.
Triggered by a confluence of fateful events, Hungarian students led hundreds of thousands of their countrymen in an open revolt against the Soviet-sponsored government. A journalist at Radio Free Europe, realised he had a ringside seat and saved every scrap of news. Here, he recreates a picture of what it was like to live through that time.