Gyorgy Gyarmati and Tibor Valuch chronicle the significant years between the end of the Second World War and the game-changing events of 1989. During the so-called Rakosi Era, the Communist Party strictly controlled the operation of government and society, but everything changed with the revolution of 1956. The authors follow these events in depth and pay considerable attention to the Kadar Era (1957-1989) and the affect of "Hungarian Socialism."
Gyorgy Gyarmati is chief director of the State Security Services Historical Archives and his primary research concerns Hungarian political and social history in the second half of the twentieth century. Tibor Valuch is senior researcher at the Institute for the History of the 1956 Hungary Revolution, specializing in twentieth-century Hungarian social and cultural history.