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Cold war history
« on: February 05, 2016, 12:49:38 pm »
I went OT on another thread....but I am reading a book that cold war history buffs might enjoy.  I think it's out of print, but I found it used online.

It is Red Horizons and it is about the Ceausecscu regime of Romania in the 1980s.  It's fascinating and a part of that history that I did not know.

It's written by Lt General Ion Mihai Pacepa who was the head of Romanian intel at that time.

My OT comments had to do with Iraq and there is some of the history of the actions of Iraq during that period, although that is not the subject of the book.

http://www.amazon.com/Red-Horizons-Ceausescus-Lifestyle-Corruption/dp/0895267462
They are so divorced from their own interests that even when their own security and that of their children is finally compromised, they do not seek to avert the danger themselves but cross their arms and wait for the nation as a whole to come to their aid. Yet as utterly as they sacrifice their own free will, they are no fonder of obedience than anyone else. They submit, it is true, to the whims of a clerk, but no sooner is force removed than they are glad to defy the law as a defeated enemy. Thus one finds them ever wavering between servitude and license.
Alexis de Tocqueville