Picnic at the Iron Curtain by Susan Viets
A Memoir: From the fall of the Berlin Wall to Ukraine's Orange Revolution

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Picnic at the Iron Curtain won a 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist's award. It is also a 2012 Foreword's Book of the Year Award finalist and received an honorable mention at the 2013 San Francisco Book Festival. Welcome to the world of collapsing Communism. It is the eve of the fall of the Berlin Wall when people are still willing to risk all to cross the Iron Curtain to the West. In this adventure-packed memoir Susan Viets, a student turned journalist, arrives in Communist Hungary in 1988 and begins reporting for the Guardian, not at all prepared for what lies ahead. She helps East Germans escape to the West at a picnic, moves to the Soviet Union where she battles authorities for accreditation as the first foreign journalist in Ukraine and then watches, amazed, as the entire political system collapses. Lured by new travel opportunities, Viets shops her way across Central Asia, stumbling into a tank attack in Tajikistan and the start of the Tajik civil war. "Picnic at the Iron Curtain" shows every day people at the centre of dramatic events from Budapest to Bishkek and Chernobyl to Chechnya. It is a memoir that spans a period of momentous historical change from 1988-1998, following through with an eyewitness account of Ukraine’s Orange Revolution in 2004.

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Published August 12, 2012 by Delfryn Publishing and Consulting Inc.. 276 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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Viets took her first trip to Communist Hungary when she was a student, but ended up working as a journalist for The Guardian and helping East Germans defect to the West.

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