Review: Red Horizons: The True Story of Nicolae and Elena Ceausescus’ Ion Mihai Pacepa is the highest-ranking Soviet-bloc official ever to defect to the. Ion Mihai Pacepa is a former three-star general in the Securitate, the secret police of Communist Romania, who defected to the. Results 1 – 24 of 24 Red Horizons: The True Story of Nicolae and Elena Ceausescus’ Crimes, Lifestyle, and Corruption by Ion Mihai Pacepa and a great.
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Red Horizons: Chronicles of a Communist Spy Chief – Ion Mihai Pacepa – Google Books
A former chief of Romania’s foreign intelligence service reveals the extraordinary corruption of the Nicolae Ceausescu government of Romania, its brutal machinery of oppression, and its Machiavellian relationship with the West. An in side story of how Communist Party leaders really live.
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Every Romanian should read this book in order to find out more about the crimes that Nicolae Ceausescu committed norizons the great fortune that he gathered while the Romanians where queuing to buy a slice of bread. Mar 09, Andrei Gavrila lacepa it it was amazing. Care dintre celelalte tari din pact are cite un lucrator de securitate la cincisprezece locuitori? Imposibil de spus care este proportia fictiune-realitate.
Insa cred ca asta este si farmecul cartii. All his books are written as articles for tabloids – everything has to be shocking, and bombastic.
No detailed and sincere data like in the books of Mitrokhin or Gordievski. There is so much inexactness in the data that is available for anyone, that I cannot trust his “secrets”.
He presents himself very detached from Ceausescu and the others. I wonder how he could work for such a detestable regime for so long until he decided to switch sides.
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He does not say, and his motivations for deserting the r All his books are written as articles for tabloids – everything has to be shocking, and bombastic.
He does not say, and his motivations for deserting the regime do not ring true. He did worse things before being asked by Ceausescu to attack Radio Free Europe journalists. Nevertheless his desertion crippled Ceausescu’s foreign image and he have to thank him for doing it.
Apr 25, Mike rated it really liked it Recommends it for: It stays by my bed, as important as my pillow. Anyone drawn to the concept of personality cults as a source of great comedy will find nirvana here. The Ceausescu’s were appalling, banal, deluded. They watched old Kojac re-runs night after night pacrpa one of 27 palaces; they wiretaped everybody, preferably having sex. They built the second largest building on earth, and one of the ugliest This is a memoir of Romania’s top spy for Stalinism’s oddest creations – Nicolai and Elena Ceausescu of Romania.
They built the second largest building on earth, and one of the ugliest. Elena had stubby yellow teeth, but they did her no good when she ged gunned down in No one could have been more astonished than her at the moment of her execution. Jan 04, Linda rated it mhai liked it. This book was loaned to me by an exile from Romania, he said Ree would be shocked and I was. Reading this book made me feel so naive rfd the world political scene.
Once pavepa faced with man’s brutality and inhumanity toward man and how absolute power corrupts absolutely. An eye opener about the whole spy network going on in the world makes me feel very sad and cynical about the prospects for out future. Apr 08, Candi rated it really liked it. A very interesting account of the inner workings of Ceausescu’s regime. The book is a mixture of discussions on international relations, descriptions of the espionaje tactics employed by the USSR and other communist countries, and accounts of what Ceausescu and the people closest to him were like.
From the point of view of someone who did not experience the communist regime first-hand, but has seen the aftermath of it, ikn book allows a glimpse into the way in which everything was orchesterated A very interesting account of the inner workings of Ceausescu’s regime. From the point of view of someone who did not experience the communist regime first-hand, but mihao seen the aftermath of it, this book allows a glimpse into the way in which everything was orchesterated, with the interest of only very few in mind.
Nevertheless, if one wants to have a better understanding of the people behind the image created by the propaganda machine, I think that this book provides an interesting perspective. Although it might have made it less ‘accurate’.
I would have liked it better if the author did not adhere to an objective storytelling style at all times, because I would have been curious to know his feelings towards the people who appear in the book.
At times the book goes into what I felt horizonw too much detail when discussing certain events, but that might be because I started reading this book due to being more interested in what Ceausescu and his wife were like horisons people, and less in the external affairs of that time. Hroizons I really enjoyed it. Feb 23, Ref rated it did not like it. This book represents Dictator Ceausescu like a genius who was thinking big, but in reality he was a just a simple stupid peasant.
Let’s do minai forget who the author paceps, how much damage he made and how many people suffered from his actions in communist Romania.
Except, of course, that anyone can publish a book! One of only a few books that I will not finish. Jun 13, Zebardast Zebardast rated it it was ok. Mar 28, Meg Lindsay rated it really liked it. A story not well-known in America, but fascinating to discover. This book shines a light on the history of Communist Romania in a shocking way. Jun 24, Nikolas Larum rated it liked it Shelves: This book is painful read for numerous reasons.
Romania under Communism was no less tragic than Romania under Fascism. One ged into such subject matter knowing ahead of time that the information is going to be unpleasant. That they were vain and megalomaniacal, I This book is painful read for numerous reasons. That they were vain and megalomaniacal, I have no doubt.
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He couldn’t have done so without a measure of intelligence and political savvy or without being propped up by collaborators. In holding the positions he purports to have had, Pacepa must have done his share of the type of fawning he describes his colleagues doing.
As head of the DIE, his hands had to have gotten dirty accomplishing the deeds Ceausescu demanded. I expected deeper revelations of the actual oppression prison conditions, numbers executed, etc. Lastly, though there are numerous references to Jews, Germans, and Hungarians in Romania and Ceausescu’s dislike and exploitation of them, I find it telling that there is only one passing reference to Gypsies, and that in the form of an adjective where a government official is describes as “a Gypsy looking fellow.
Oct 26, Suleyman Sari rated it it was ok Shelves: Most of the events are narrated without any details, too ambiguous. But I understand that the book was somehow influential in overthrowing of the dictator.
Still an interesting read for someone like me who is a foreigner and only Most of the events are narrated without any details, too ambiguous. Still an interesting read for someone like me who is a foreigner and only lived in Romania for a while. Would appreciate suggestions for more precise works. Apr 28, Jack Ippel rated it really liked it. Joco and Reni lived in our condo for six years and gave us this book. Joco grew up under the Ceausescu dictatorship in Romania and at the time of the revolt inhe was 14 years old.
While this book may not be of interest to most readers, although it is both fascinating and horrible, I read it in honor of many of our Hungarian friends of Romanian descent. Apr 11, Cyndi rated it really liked it. Fascinating story of two of the most vile people in the world. They ruled Romania like it was their personal playground. They decreed that families had to have at least four children.
Elena wanted to take over after her husband and be the first female president to quadruple her country’s population – thus many of these children ended up in state run orphanages. Their murders were appropriate. Jan 19, Cezar Petriuc rated it it was amazing. It is incredible how involved Ceausescu and the Romanian intelligence services were in the Middle East A salient detail that caught my attention was Ceausescu’s astonishment during his “trial” upon hearing that “mercenaries” were shooting into the crowds demonstrating against him — of course, his surprise was in fact justified given that those terrorists were most likely hired by the leaders of the coup.
Here is my favorite Ceausescu quote, regarding his plans to wiretap every home in Romania: Because it does not know what its people think, because it is not scientific. What you are doing here, comrades, is the real science of government. It is a true public opinion survey. The Communist system we are creating together is the most scientific ever, I repeat, comrades, ever to be put at the service of mankind. A Beautiful New Life. Jan 02, Katherine Hernandez rated it really liked it.