Historian and Journalist
Victor Sebestyen was born in Budapest. He was a child when his family left Hungary as refugees. As a journalist, he has worked for numerous British newspapers, including The London Evening Standard, The Times and The Daily Mail. He has contributed to many American publications, including The New York Times, and was an associate editor at Newsweek. He reported widely from Eastern Europe when Communism collapsed and the Berlin Wall came down in 1989. He covered the wars in former Yugoslavia and the breakup of t
His first book, Twelve Days (Pantheon 2006), was an acclaimed history of the 1956 Hungarian Uprising. His second, Revolution 1989, was a highly praised account of the fall of the Soviet empire. His latest, Lenin: the Man, the Dictator, the Master of Terror was a New York Times Book of the year and was shortlisted for the PEN America Bograd Weld Award.