Crime & Compromise

In November 1956, Janos Kadar, a lifelong Hungarian Communist, was hoisted into power in Budapest by the Kremlin. His task: to crush the Hungarian uprising. For his betrayal and for the bruatality with which the Revolution was suppressed, he earned the hatred of the vast majority of the Hungarian people.

It is eighteen years since Kadar came to power. The hatred is gone. Kadar has become one of the most popular leaders in the Soviet bloc. He has managed to transform Hungary into one of the most humane, rational and efficient Communist states in the world. William Shawcross's book tells the dramatic story of Kadar's public and private lives. From illegitimate peasant child, young Communist under right-wing interwar regimes, wartime resistance worker and prisoner of the fascists, he became a leader of the popular Revolutionary government and then suddenly betrayed his people and sided with the Kremlin intent on keeping Hungary under its control.