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1. Romania: An Illustrated History
2. Concise History of Roumania
3. Modern Romania: The End of Communism,
4. Stalinism for All Seasons: A Political
5. A History of the Balkans, 1804-1945
6. Red Storm over the Balkans: The
7. The Silent Holocaust: Romania
8. Waiting for Jerusalem: Surviving
9. Taste of Romania: Its Cookery
10. Purifying the Nation: Population
11. Orthodoxy and the Cold War: Religion
12. A short history of Romania
13. Security Intelligence Services
14. The Playboy King: Carol II of
15. Nationalism and Identity in Romania:
16. Hitler's Forgotten Ally: Ion Antonescu
17. History and Myth in Romanian Consciousness
18. Transylvania in the history of
19. Shattered!: 50 Years of Silence
20. The Romania Name in History

1. Romania: An Illustrated History (Illustrated Histories)
by Nicolae Klepper
Paperback: 298 Pages (2003-02)
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Asin: 0781809355
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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As a state, Romania has only been in existence since 1859, but the history of its people stretches to the late Bronze Age and early Iron Age, to the Geto-Dacians and Romans. This concise history tells the fascinating story of the evolution of the Romanian people, the creation of the Romanian Principalities, their struggle against empire-building powers, and their eventual unification to form the state of Romania. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Romania
Very good overview of Romanian history.I recommend it for those interested in this fascinating nation.

5-0 out of 5 stars great history book
Nicolae Klepper's "Romania: An Illustrated History" is a great history book for anyone interested in the country.
It's well-written, entertaining, engaging and filled with anecdotes and stories that have historical credibility.
This history book is also a page-turner. Readers will learn a lot about Romania, a country about which very little is known
in the West, outside of its Dracula mythology which is so popular nowadays.

3-0 out of 5 stars Far too thin to be interesting
Readers, this is NOT a comprehensive history of Romania, but a summary of Romanian history for those generally unfamiliar with the topic.The narrative is dry, dry, dry...all about dates and locations and names.This battle and that battle, with little context or cultural insight.

It's an easy read, and is perhaps appropriate for travelers interested in the importance of their surroundings, but don't look for penetrating scholarship here.

5-0 out of 5 stars Marvelous introduction to Romania!
My grandparents were immigrants from Iasi, Romania and I read this book in an attempt to learn more about my cultural background. I was not disappointed! This book provides a full history (although the changes politically occur so frequently they become difficult to follow) with focus on the key figures in politics, as well as in literature. The stories of different regions of Romania - Moldavia, Transylvania, Wallachia etc. - are covered. This book is a very readable and very comprehensive introduction to Romanian history.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT LITTLE BOOK!

2. Concise History of Roumania
 Hardcover: 304 Pages (1985-08)
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3. Modern Romania: The End of Communism, the Failure of Democratic Reform, and the Theft of a Nation
by Tom Gallagher
Paperback: 432 Pages (2008-03-01)
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Asin: 0814732011
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Since the 1989 fall of Communism in Eastern Europe, Romania, arguably the most regimented of states in the Soviet bloc, has struggled with the transition from totalitarian state to democratic nation. In this insightful examination of modern Romania, Tom Gallagher provides an overview of Romania’s unique political and social history, focusing on both its national identity as well as the legacy of Soviet rule. Gallagher provides an in-depth look at Romania since 1989, focusing on the government’s attempts at economic reform, engagement with democracy, problems with corruption among the ruling elite, as well as the weakness of civil society and the resilience of implacable expressions of nationalism. Ultimately, Gallagher argues that thus far democracy has essentially failed in Romania. In fact, he warns that Romania is on its way to becoming one of the most unequal states in Europe and quite possibly a future trouble-spot unless efforts to resume much-needed reforms are undertaken.

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1-0 out of 5 stars review
This is not only funny it is idiotic. Romania one of the next trouble parts? Laughable! This is written by a person that has no idea of the actual life there but only what they may have heard. Armchair nonsense.

5-0 out of 5 stars Intensely informative!!
This book offers readers a look into a political system fueled by greed, corrupt from years of a communist mentality, and one being enabled to continue in the same path by NATO and the E.U. because of their own political agendas and goals.

This book argues that the average Romanian citizen is neglected and abused by the ruling elite, and little has been done since the fall of communism in 1989, by leading democratic nations to ensure a smooth transition from years under a totalitarian regime into this new found freedom we know as democracy.

Highly recommended reading for those with an interest in Romanian history or international politics.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Troublesome Situation in Romania
Romania has long been a country that exists as an independent country but which has tended to be subservient to if not actually ruled by outsiders. At different times these rulers have Turks, Germans, Russians and others. The secret to survival of the Romanian culture has been an ability of influential Romanians to outwit powerful outsiders while attempting to accept their 'alien ways.'

The result is a country with an entrenched dominant party or oligarchy have created a partly democratic country with limited, tolerated opposition and a week independent sector but little real democratic culture.

With the fall of Ceausescu in 1989 democracy resulted, but essentially the same power structure remained through the Social Democratic Party.

This book presents a view of a Romania at a crossroads where the traditional powers that be are being confronted with an outside view as Romania has joined NATO and the EU, and local democratic forces are growing tired of the blatant corruption.

Romania could well be one of the world's next trouble spots. ... Read more

4. Stalinism for All Seasons: A Political History of Romanian Communism (Societies and Culture in East-Central Europe)
by Vladimir Tismaneanu
Hardcover: 395 Pages (2003-10-15)
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Asin: 0520237471
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Stalinism for All Seasons is the first comprehensive history of the Romanian Communist Party (RCP). It traces the origins of the once-tiny, clandestine revolutionary organization in the 1920s through the years of national power from 1944 to 1989 to the post-1989 metamorphoses of its members. Vladimir Tismaneanu uses documents that he discovered while working in the RCP archives in Bucharest in the mid-1990s and interviews with many of the party members from the Ceau_escu and Gheorghiu-Dej eras to tell the absorbing story of how RCP members came to power as exponents of Moscow and succeeded in turning themselves into champions of autonomy. Tismaneanu analyzes both the main events in Romanian communism and the role of significant personalities in the party's history. Situating the rise and fall of Romanian communism within the world revolutionary movement, Stalinism for All Seasons shows that the history of communism in one country can illuminate the development of communism in the twentieth century.

Tismaneanu discusses significant moments in the final six decades of world communism, including the Spanish Civil War, World War II, the Comintern, Stalin and the Bolshevization of the Eastern European communist parties, and de-Stalinization. He examines important events in international affairs during Nicolae Ceau_escu's rule (1965-1989)--particularly Romania's role in the Sino-Soviet conflict, the Middle East, European communism, and European security. Finally, Tismaneanu identifies the RCP's descendants among Romania's current political parties and personalities. Embracing a long and complex period, this book will interest readers of twentieth-century history and anyone curious about communism and postcommunism. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars the seminal work on Romanian communism
For anyone interested in Romania's political history during the twentieth-century, Professor Tismaneanu's "Stalinism for All Seasons" is the seminal work on the subject.
Clearly written, solidly researched, informative and engaging, "Stalinism for all Seasons" can be included among the best works of political history, alongside
Pipes' works on Lenin, Conquest's books on Stalin and Bullock's studies of Hitler. If you're interested in finding out about the evolution and demise of Romanian
communism, there is no better source than "Stalinism for all Seasons". I highly recommend this book for all readers interested in Romanian political history and in the history of

5-0 out of 5 stars A stunning tour de force on political pathology and dystopia
After "Stalinism for All Seasons" it must be truly depressing to consider writing books of political sociology on the topic of the communist grand narrative. This is not only because Tismaneanu's opus, the outcome of a lifelong fascination with the topic, is so well-stocked with quality historical data (his archival research,and access to unique resources can hardly be replicated), but also because the author is a genuine maestro of both analytical insight and of a captivating writing style.
It is astonishing how he managed to strike the right balance between a sociological-political excursus of great analytical accuracy with a novel-like narrative that stretches over almost a century and whose charm ruins your work agenda for several days.
Although the book's focus is the case of the pariah Romanian Communist Party, Tismaneanu immerses this case in the wider phenomenon of world communism. The reader is stunned to discover, en premiere,the constitution of informal transnational party networks and narratives that spanned from Vietnam to Greece, and Romania. Particularly fascinating are Tismaneanu's foray into mechanisms of Leninist and Stalinist manipulation of the (rather excessively)romanticized world communism" of the 20s and 30s, as well as his treatment of the role of memory, charisma, nationalism and aesthetics in the ascension, ossification and in the decay of the party.
We have access to the operationalization of general issues of interest for political scientists such as puzzling hybridizations of mechanisms for political power conquest and maintenance, the crucial role of personalities (that escapes facile research designs accomodation), how resources are distributed and conflits are settled in opaque political machines.
For those interested in how birth pathologies impact the subsequent development of radical political projects that end up reaching the lands of dystopia, this read is undoubtedly set to be on list of classics.

5-0 out of 5 stars Briefly � this multi-layer book is a masterpiece ...
Briefly - this multi-layer book is a masterpiece of modern political science. This history of Romanian Communism is one particular case speaking crystal-clear about global Communism . Due to Vladimir Tismaneanu and his history ofRomanian Communism we have an accurate, a splendid x-rayofCommunism in the world.
More than that this book is as a wonderful political novel - written by Vladimir Tismaneanu with genius and, believe me, plenty offine, ironicalhumor.

Therefore, reading this work, you can easily re-make historically and politically the whole nightmare of the Communist era, in Romania, and in Europe, and world-wide as well. Yes - a tragic nightmare. A disaster.
Vladimir Tismaneanu presents to us, with knowledge and skills of a master in laser-surgery,the anatomy and the functions of this Monster , Communism -alas ! somehow still alive .His lesson is a fundamental lesson about humankind's fatal errors and disasters ... which we do not have the right to repeat and re-live. At least, because you have to admit this terrible reality: nazism = communism = Islamic terrorism. At last but not at least, considering this irrefutable truth - I warmly recommend you the lesson of Vladimir Tismaneanu, his work as a unique book of our modern times. A healing book !
And, for this lesson, we definitely have to be grateful,from the bottom of our hearts, to Vladimir Tismaneanu - who is practically the genuine creator of the modern school of Romanian political science.

5-0 out of 5 stars seminal work on Romanian communism
Professor Tismaneanu, one of the sharpest analysts in the field of Eastern European politics, has written what is no doubt the definitive comprehensive study of the Romanian Communist Party. Brilliantly written and painstakingly researched over many years, the work will be appreciated by anybody interested in Eastern European politics or the stalinist system and its various deviations.

A solid political science work, the prose is lively and the entire work, complete with the cast of characters at the end, reminds me more of Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury than other blander political analyses.

A superb book. ... Read more

5. A History of the Balkans, 1804-1945
by Stevan K. Pavlowitch
 Hardcover: 375 Pages (1999-05)
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An account of Balkan history (modern Yugoslavia, Albania, Greece, Bulgaria and Romania), this text covers the period from the first major nationalist rising against the Ottoman rulers in 1804 to the aftermath of World War II. ... Read more

6. Red Storm over the Balkans: The Failed Soviet Invasion of Romania, Spring 1944 (Modern War Studies)
by David M. Glantz
Hardcover: 448 Pages (2006-11-16)
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Asin: 0700614656
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Germany's Eastern Front in World War II saw many campaigns and battles that have been "forgotten" by a Soviet Union that tried to hide its military failures. The Red Army's invasion of Romania in April and May 1944 was one such campaign, which produced nearly 200,000 casualties and tarnished the reputations of its commanders. The redoubtable David Glantz, the world's leading authority on the Soviet military in World War II, now restores this tale to its proper place in the annals of World War II.

Working from newly available Russian and long-neglected German archives-plus Red Army unit histories and commanders' memoirs-Glantz reconstructs an imposing mosaic that reveals the immense scope and ambitious intent of the first Iasi-Kishinev offensive. His re-creation shows that Stalin was not as preoccupied with a direct route to Berlin as he was with a "broad front" strategy designed to gain territory and find vulnerable points in Germany's extended lines of defense. If successful, the invasion would have also eliminated Romania as Germany's ally, cut off the vital Ploiesti oilfields, and provided a base from which to consolidate Soviet power throughout the Balkans.

Glantz discloses General Ivan Konev's strategic plan as the 2nd Ukrainian Front prepared its Iasi offensive and fought a climactic battle with the German Eighth Army and its Romanian allies in the Tirgu-Frumos region in early May, then the regrouping of General Rodion Malinovsky's 3rd Ukrainian Front for its decisive offensive toward Kishinev, which aborted in the face of a skillful counterstroke by a threadbare German Sixth Army. Glantz describes how the Wehrmacht, with a nucleus of combat veterans, was able to beat back Soviet forces hampered by spring floods, while already fragile Soviet logistical support was further undermined by the Wehrmacht's scorched-earth strategy.

Although Konev's and Malinovsky's offensives failed, the Red Army managed to inflict heavy losses on Axis forces, exacerbating the effects of Germany's defeats in the Ukraine and making it more difficult for the Wehrmacht to contain the Soviet juggernaut's ultimate advance toward Berlin.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Typical Glantz - in-depth operational study of the early Romanian campaign
In the first two chapters, an overview of the Winter 44 campaign in southern Ukraine as well as the battle action in the northeast corner of Romania, which will last until the first week of June, is given to prepare the reader for the upcoming detailed accounting. The key Front commanders of the Russian side is Konev and Malinovsky while on the German side will be Woehler, Manteuffel and Knobelsdroff. There are many others mentioned from both sides but these are the key officers. A decent bio is given for each person as well as having a photo. This accounting is Russian-centric and there is more information given about the their commanders and their forces as compared to the Axis side. Though there are repeated attacks covered, there is basically only two general areas of fighting: Along the southern Dnestr River and in the Tirgu-Trumos area.

Battle action starts in early April and will run until early June with Konev's 2nd UF repeatedly attacking along the Tirgu-Frumos axis that will include battles at Podu-Iloaie,Iasi, Tirgu-Neamt, Pascani and of course Tirgu-Frumos sectors. Also in April, Malinovsky's 3rd UF, after liberating Odessa, will attack the German defenses along the Dnestr River between Tiraspol and Grigoriopol. It will also cover the battles for Orgeev and Dubossary. At the start of the campaign both Front commanders are confident of success but the determination and knowledge of mobile warfare by the Germans will frustrate and deny the Russians their victory. The main German forces were 6th and 8th Armies.

The detailed operational coverage is excellent, comparable to the author's Leningrad or Kursk books but not as good as his two new Stalingrad books. As usual the author will describe the basic plan, give the step by step action of the battle or campaign and then analyze the results. For anybody who has read and liked Glantz will like this book for its format and style is exactly like his other books. Interspersed with the author's dialog are many fragments of after action reports which helps the reader get a feel of what the commanders were experiencing. High praise is given to Grossdeutschland Division and 24th PzD which consistently throughout the entire period stopped the Russians at every encounter. After the first week of June, Konev calls off his failed offensive for Operation Bagration is about to start and his Front will no longer have priority but he will regroup and start his offensive again in August. While in this early phase, Mr Glantz does a good job of showing the Germans defending the line against a far superior force by using fanatical resistance and expert use of reserve forces. It will be a matter of time that the Russians will wear down the Germans.
In Conclusions Mr Glantz states that the two Russian Fronts had the potential to defeat the inferior German forces but due to their overconfidence and lack of coordination between the two Fronts victory alluded them.

There are ten tables and 32 maps. Most of the maps appear to be authentic war maps; some were quite busy and a magnifying glass will help. The maps are essential for better understanding of the battle narrative. (Rolf Hinze's new book, "Crucible of Combat" is due to be published and part of his book covers these two campaigns. I'm anxious to see if his maps and battle coverage will add to the coverage of this book.) There is a useful Appendix with Russian directives. There is also a series of Orders of Battle and photographs of most of the key players. A 16 page Notes section, a 5 page Bibliography and a Index completes the book.

For 1944, these campaigns were extremely important for German forces for it stopped two Fronts from advancing, gave them a little breathing room and gave them a shot of pride when it was most needed. In addition to providing great details of the operations, the profiles of the many Soviet commanders is also interesting and informative, giving credit to many lesser known officers. Though there are couple minor miscues, Mr Glantz takes these campaigns seriously and does a fine job of reinacting ithem. If you have an interest in this relatively little covered Russian offensive or an interest in the operational ground phase of battle then you should consider this book. Its highly recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars Soviet Invasion of Romania & the Battle of Tirgu Frumos 1944
After reading some of the more negative reviews of this book I decided to offer my own opinions. Once again Glantz offers an in depth analysis of a little known battle in Soviet/German War. This book is not for the casual WWII reader who prefers generalisations. If this is what you prefer then I recommend any books by Anthony Beevor, Paul Carell or Alan Clark's "Barbarossa". This book analysis in detail why a far superior Soviet force with the new JSII heavy tanks in the vanguard failed to penetrate the German defenses & were defeated on this front at this stage of the war. It gives detailed casualty figures on both sides & shows just how serious these were for the Soviet's. Who for a long time failed to even acknowledge the offensive at all. It also shows why Hitler let the majority of his armour stay in Army Group North & South Ukraine, thereby leaving Army leaving Army Group Centre massively exposed to the Summer offensive of June 1944. While not being the best of Glantz's offering it does analyze an essential battle of the Eastern Front struggle. I hope that one of his next offerings will be about the Soviet invasion of Hungary.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book for advanced readers
This guy is simply the best military writer i've ever read.
At my age, i need a magnifying glass for the maps. That's my one objection, but i assume younger people will have no problem. This is another Glantz special: an utterly fantastic detailed miltary description of the initial Soviet attempt to invade Romania. These books must be a godsend for the companies that make wargames. After reading Glantz books, i feel like becoming a wargame designer myself! If you're into the movements of armies, corps, divisions, this book is heaven. The maps are great (though i wish they were bigger!)
If you want to read about the "personal" or "human interest" side of war, don't buy this book, there's nothing in it for you. It's also not for the casual military reader, it's very detailed.
I only wish some of Glantz' other publications werent so darned expensive; i'd own them all.
He's simply the best military writer i've ever read.

3-0 out of 5 stars Glantz's Greatest Defeat
Glantz's books differ quite significantly in quality. Of the eight I have read, this was the worst. The writing is relatively poor, and features a lot of repetition, with little flow or tension. It feels rushed. The book is crying out for a good editor to really clean it up. The history, of course, is excellent as always. But I would recommend his operational studies of Mars and Kursk before this one. They are both excellent.

3-0 out of 5 stars disappointing
Being an avid student of the Russo-German war and having a few hundred books on the subject, ranging from detailed German unit histories to books with a wide scope like those by Earl Ziemke, I eagerly anticipated the arrival of this book as it promised to fill a gap in my knowledge of the Eastern Front. I was also worried, because I have all the books by Glantz and they can be divided into three categories: boring and unreadable (whenever he focuses on Russian sources; example: The Battle for Lvov), extremely interesting and well written (because they offer new information and new insights; example: Zhukov's greatest defeat) and books that offer a bit of both (example: When Titans Clashed). This latest book, I am afraid, falls into the last category. After reading it my first impulse was to rip out the first 150 pages. Being a book lover I did not do this of course, but still... In this first third of the book Glantz describes, no sorry, lists, units, commanders (boring the reader to tears) and actually describes what is on the maps!! Any editor worth his salt should have told Glantz to stop babbling and refer the material to an appendix or (in case of the battle dispositions) refer to the maps.
On the plus side: mainly thanks to German sources, the book does offer new information about the Red Army's failed spring campaign, which in the end is why I am still glad that I bought the book. If, like me, you want to know more about the fighting around Targul Frumos or the Dnjestr bridgeheads, I am afraid you will have to buy this book. Hence three stars (just sufficient).
However, I really hope that for Glantz' next few books somebody with common sense will sift through the material and make Glantz realise that, ultimately, a book should not only contain lots of information but first and foremost be READABLE! As a writer about the war myself as well as a voracious reader I think I know what I am talking about. Glantz can give me a call any day of the week for some free advice.

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7. The Silent Holocaust: Romania and Its Jews (Contributions to the Study of World History)
by I. C. Butnaru
Hardcover: 264 Pages (1992-01-30)
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Appearing as they do in countless books and films, symbols of hatred such as Auschwitz, Treblinka, and the Warsaw and Vilna ghettos penetrate our consciousness, memory, and history. However, in the case of Romania, our knowledge is scant. In 1939, the Jewish population of Romania exceeded 750,000: the third largest concentration of Jews in all of Europe. By 1944, some 400,000 had disappeared. Another 150,000 Ukrainian Jews died at the hands of Romanian soldiers. In the quest for a "final solution" Romania proved to be Hitler's most enthusiastic ally. Butnaru provides the first English-language account of the war against Romania's Jewish population. ... Read more

8. Waiting for Jerusalem: Surviving the Holocaust in Romania (Contributions to the Study of World History)
by I.C. Butnaru
Hardcover: 280 Pages (1993-04-30)
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At the same time that Romania is regarded as an enthusiastic ally of Hitler's Germany, and some 400,000 Romanian Jews died in the "Final Solution," some 300,000 others were rescued. In this volume, a continuation of his Silent Holocaust, I. C. Butnaru provides a comprehensive examination of the Jewish underground resistance in Romania and the efforts to save a significant portion of the Jewish population of that country. ... Read more

9. Taste of Romania: Its Cookery and Glimpses of Its History, Folklore, Art, Literature, and Poetry (New Hippocrene Original Cookbooks)
by Nicolae Klepper
Hardcover: 335 Pages (1999-09)
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Asin: 0781807662
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Over 150 recipes, including the specialty dishes of Romania's top chefs, are intermingled with fables, poetry, photos and charming illustrations, making this book a genuine treasury of both Romanian cuisine and culture.Also includes an appendix of Romanian wines and an index in Romanian and English.

Here is a real taste of both Old World and modern Romanian culture in a unique book that combines more than 140 tasty traditional recipes with enchanting examples of Romania's folklore, humor, art, poetry, and proverbs.A wealth of archival material provides a glimpse into the 4,000-year-old history of the Romanian people and their Roman ancestry.This comprehensive and well-organized guide to Romanian cuisine contains recipes for many classic favorites including Mamalinga, a polenta-style cornmeal, Eggplant Salad, Fish Zacusca, Mititei Sausages (The Wee Ones), and Pan-fried Pork with Polenta.Savor the tastes of one of Europe's heartiest and most varied culinary traditions! ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed...
Does not have that many recipes....non that my Romanian husband has tried or liked.There should be a better description about this book.It gives more the history of certain happenings in Romanian culture than anything else.Don't buy if you're looking for a Romanian cookbook!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great
Love this book! No, it does not contain pictures but neither did my grandmother's ancient cookbooks that are falling apart now. I love this new book that I can use daily and make changes to it according to my family's traditions.

1-0 out of 5 stars Sorely disappointed
This book is a HUGE disappointment. Recipes are complicated and in metric. Unusual ingredients. Better recipes and directions when you Google Romanian Foods AT NO COST

5-0 out of 5 stars great book, taught me how to cook
This book is amazing! I used to be a lousy cook who never "went beyond" (lol) french fries, but this book taught me how to make Romanian soups, steaks, the wee ones "mititei" and so on. It tells you how to choose and where to find the equivalent ingredients in the US, when the original Romanian ingredients are not sold here.
Also, it gives you an insight of the Romanian culinary culture through some stories, poems and even proverbs related to it.
It is indeed a great book, not just an ordinary cookbook!

5-0 out of 5 stars Gotta love Romania
Worth a try even if you're not madly in love with a Romanian (as I am)... ... Read more

10. Purifying the Nation: Population Exchange and Ethnic Cleansing in Nazi-Allied Romania (Woodrow Wilson Center Press)
by Vladimir Solonari, Joseph J. Brinley
Hardcover: 488 Pages (2009-12-29)
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Asin: 0801894085
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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Purifying the Nation is a provocative exploration of the Holocaust in World War II Romania. Vladimir Solonari argues that the persecution of Jews and Roma by the Romanian government was not a response to pressure from the country's ally, Nazi Germany, but rather stemmed from the vision of an ethnically pure Romania. Through a rigorous, archive-based analysis of the country's interwar political and intellectual climate and policies and practices during its alliance with the Nazis, Solonari sheds valuable new light on the genocidal activities of one of Hitler's European satellites.

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1-0 out of 5 stars Un torchon, as the French would say
Soviet-style historiography at its worst. Definitely not worth your time or money. Hardly worth the paper it was printed on. ... Read more

11. Orthodoxy and the Cold War: Religion and Political Power in Romania, 1947-65
by Lucian N. Leustean
Hardcover: 273 Pages (2008-12-11)
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Asin: 0230218016
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This book examines the unique dynamics between Orthodoxy and politics in Romania. It provides an accessible narrative on church-state relations in the early Cold War period within a wider timeframe, from the establishment of the state in 1859 to the rise of Nicolae Ceauºescu in 1965. In the 1950s Romania began to distance itself from Moscow's influence, developing its own form of communism. Based on new archival resources, the book argues that Romanian national communism, outside Moscow's influence, had an ally in a strong Church. It addresses the following questions: How did the Church, which openly opposed communism in the interwar period, survive the atheist regime? How did the regime use religion to its political advantage? What was the Church's influence on Romanian politics? The book analyses the political interests of the Romanian Orthodox Church and its religious diplomacy with actors in the West, in particular with the Church of England. ... Read more

12. A short history of Romania
by Ion Bulei
 Paperback: 158 Pages (1998)

Isbn: 9739884415
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Wow! A crash course in Romanian history
Well, that's the most alert book of history I've read in a while. It's concise, well written, and the style will keep you reading from the first to the last page. It's a perfect choice if you never tackled the subject before. Five well-deserved stars. ... Read more

13. Security Intelligence Services in New Democracies: The Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania (Studies in Russian & Eastern European History)
by Kieran Williams, Dennis Deletant
Hardcover: 303 Pages (2001-03-07)
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Asin: 0333713729
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The first account of the secret police in Eastern Europe after 1989, this book uses a wide range of sources, including archives, to identify what has and has not changed since the end of Communism. After explaining the structure and workings of two of the area's most feared services, Czechoslovakia's StB and Romania's Securitate, the authors detail the creation of new security intelligence institutions, the development of contacts with the West, and forms of democratic control. ... Read more

14. The Playboy King: Carol II of Romania (Contributions to the Study of World History)
by Paul D. Quinlan
Hardcover: 288 Pages (1995-10-30)
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The love story between King Carol II of Romania and his long-time mistress, "Magda" Lupescu, was a subject of great interest in the first half of the 20th century. For several decades sensation-seeking journalists provided eager readers with juicy morsels of gossip about one of history's most puzzling and bizarre romances. Even today, 40 years after his death, many remember Carol chiefly as the international playboy of sensational Western newspaper stories. Herein the full story of the life and reign of one of modern Europe's most complex and enigmatic rulers is told. ... Read more

15. Nationalism and Identity in Romania: A History of Extreme Politics from the Birth of the State to EU Accession (International Library of Political Studies)
by Radu Cinopoes
Hardcover: 320 Pages (2010-10-26)
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The collapse of communism in Central and Eastern Europe produced a fundamental change in the political map of Europe. In Romania, nationalism re-emerged forcefully and continued to rally political support against the context of a long and difficult transition to democracy. Extreme right-wing party The Greater Romania Party gained particular strength as a major political power, and its persuasive appeal rested on a reiteration of nationalism and identity -- and themes such as origins, historical continuity, leadership, morality and religion -- that had been embedded in Romanian ideological discourse by earlier nationalist formations. Radu Cinpoes here examines the reasons for the strength and resilience of nationalism in Romania, from the formation of the state to its accession in the EU.

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16. Hitler's Forgotten Ally: Ion Antonescu and his Regime, Romania, 1940 -1944
by Dennis Deletant
Hardcover: 392 Pages (2006-08-08)
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Asin: 1403993416
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Romania fielded the third-largest Axis army in the European war. A military contribution of such magnitude, coupled with the delivery of oil to the German war machine and the personal respect which Ion Antonescu enjoyed from Hitler, places Romania on a par with Italy as a principal ally of Germany. Antonescu's precise role and the policies of Romania under his direction - especially towards the Jews - has been impeded in English-speaking accounts by the lack of a complete biography - this volume aims to fill this gap.
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1-0 out of 5 stars this book looks like communist propagand
This book has the quality of allying itself with the correct view of the time, namely, an uniform, undifferentiated, black and white propaganda about the WW2 strikingly similar in fact with the Communist propaganda about that period.
In fact Marshal Ion Antonescu is a Romanian hero, who fought for Eastern Romanian territories Basarabia and Bucovina stolen by the Bolshevik power in agreement withNazis. His engagement in WW2 was very particular, very complex pertaining to the conditions of the time, when Romania was basically threaten to disappear from the map by Nazis to the West and the Bolsheviks to the East.Ardealul, a Romanian land was also stolen by the Horty through Viena Dictat in the conditions of a coward, irresponsible rulling of King Carol who was overthrown by Marshal Antonescu. With these Romanian territories ripped off from the country and the internal tensions caused by an irresponsible monarchy, Marshal Antonescu fought for Romania's independence. He DID NOT allow the country to be governed by Nazi political extremist views. Although an official dictatorship, the Romanian regimen was open to the opinions and consultations with the leaders of democratic parties, King Carol was safely escorted overseas ,King Mickael the offspring of the hated King Carol was protected and his throne was symbolically represented in the Romanian configuration of power, ( (although Michael tried to overthrow Antonescu, taking advantage of internal tensions, Antonescu sent him back to take a confortable seat on his flying thorone), and not ultimately Marshal Antonescu protected minorities, Jews for instance, from extremist political measures imposed by the Nazis.It is a well documented fact that over 300 000 Jews were saved fromHitler's final solution by assigning them white passports in white to ensure them a safe refuge to Romania from Hungary or other countries where their extermination was enforced by the Nazi, or the democratic countries at the time where their plead for refuge was rejected by the democratic leaders at the time. There WAS NO HOLOCAUST in Romania during Marshal Antonescu's ruling. There were labor camps in Transnistria with conditions a lot easier than other the labor camps in democratic countries for instance.
In 1944, Marshal Antonescu was betrayed once more by the one who actually protected, King Michael and delivered to Communists who killed him after a mockery trial. King Michael was decorated by Stalin with the Red Star, and left Romania caring the price of his desertion that last him until about the time of the change of regimen in Romania in 1989. Now he is opportunistically back and poses in a WW2 hero. Funny. He actually is a hero, being decorated by both Nazi and Communists, the only one king in the world of this kind.

Historians who earn their living by doing an honest research and are interested in writing the truth, overlooking the propaganda of this time write a different history faraway from what the "good boys and girls" are allowed to say in our very free (from the burden of truth), open societies.

4-0 out of 5 stars Ion Antonescu, Hitler and the Holocaust
Hitler's Forgotten Ally, by Dennis Deletant, is a well written and researched book with a copious section of notes, though only one map and no pictures.Its chapters consist of: Prelude to Antonescu's war; Antonescu's Path to power; Antonescu and the National Legionary State; military dictatorship and war; Antonescu and the Jews; Antonescu and the Holocaust; deportation; Transnistria: the fate of the Jews and Romas; suspension of deportation, repatration and emigration of Jews; the coup of 23 August 1944; the trail of Ion Antonescu; conclusion.Deletant did an excellent job of presenting a balanced account of Ion Antonescu's regime while focusing upon two major aspects of Antonescu's reign: his reasons for allying with Hitler and his treatment of Romanian Jews.Hitler's Forgotten Ally is, to a large degree, also a book about Romania's and Antonescu's part in the Holocaust.Though the war, by which Antonescu crusaded to reestablish the state of Greater Romania, consumed his entire reign, Deletant does not address the actual military operations of the Romanian Army, only in the most general terms.Two dry, but thorough books, that can bridge this gap are Reluctant Axis and The Romanian Army of World War 2.More so than these works, however, Hitler's Forgotten Ally, though quite detailed, also manages to be a captivating and enjoyable read (through the use of general outlines, personal anecdotes and descriptive detail), especially if you are interested in political history and the complexity of state policies.One aspect of the book I enjoyed was how Deletant used experts from the council's minutes to voice the actual opinions of Antonescu and his ministers as it related to the topic Deletant was addressing.Deletant does an excellent job of capturing the difficult choices facing any leader of Romania, the personality of Antonescu, his leadership style and Romania's role in the Holocaust.Deletant also examines the various views subsequent generations have taken on Ion Antonescu.Though Romania was the third largest contributor of troops to the Axis power and the fourth for the Allies later in the war, there is a dearth of books on Romania or its leader, so it is a great pleasure to have such a book as Hitler's Forgotten Ally to fill this void. ... Read more

17. History and Myth in Romanian Consciousness
by Lucian Boia
Paperback: 280 Pages (2001-04-01)
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Asin: 9639116971
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Taken from the precept that there is a considerable difference between real history and discourse history, Boia points out that history is constantly reconstructed, adapted and sometimes mythified from the perspective of the present day, of present states of mind and ideologies. Boia closely examines the process of historical culture and conscience in nineteenth and twentieth century Romania, particularly concentrating on the impact of the national ideology on history. Based upon his findings, the author identifies several key mythical configurations and analyses the manner in which Romanians have reconstituted their own highly ideologized history over the last two centuries. In essence, the author has attempted to fully deconstruct the Romanian historiographic system and demonstrate the increasing acuteness of national problems in general, and in particular the exploitation of history to support national ideology. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars How did myth creep into Romanian history?
Like all histories, Romania's history reflects not only the personal viewpoint of the historian writing the history, but also of the political environment of the moment. Tracing the history presented in various school textbooks over the years, the author notes the changes in the Romanian "heros" who are presented. And he uses the mythology built up around Michael the Brave (Mihai Viteazul), who was the first to "unite" the three historic principalities of Romania, to illustrate how history can be rewritten to fall in line with current political ideologies.

Mythology crept into Romania's history because history is normally written about the powerful people in a country. And Romania had few powerful people to raise up on a historic pedestal. So the Romanian historians often invented a hero or raised his actions from the obscure to the heroic level.

Lucian Boia doesn't claim that this is some kind of intentional evil, but is often done simply because the Romanian people throughout most of their history have been village oriented people who were subdued by powerful kingdoms and empires who controlled the city (and about whom the history books were written).

The book is a "must read" for anyone attempting to unravel the sometimes conflicting "histories" of Romania. And even for Romanians themselves who feel that their school history textbook was infallible and presented the only true history of Romania. ... Read more

18. Transylvania in the history of Romania: An historical outline,
by Constantin C Giurescu
Hardcover: 138 Pages (1969)

Isbn: 0900391405
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19. Shattered!: 50 Years of Silence : History and Voices of the Tragedy in Romania and Transnistria
by Felicia (Steigman) Carmelly
Hardcover: 506 Pages (1997-11)
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the fist expose in English about the Romanian and Transnistrian tragedy and the post-war cover-up. Over 500000 Jews were killed in the Romanian Holocaust and their story has been one of obscurity in the history of World War II. This book fills a major historical gap in holocaust studies. the historical section of this book is based on research done by Jean Ancel and Dora Litani pioneers in the history of the Romanian Holocaust. Includes survivors' personal testimonies which demonstrate the annihilation suffering and unspeakably traumatic experiences in Romania and Transnistria but also allows us to witness their courage faith and hope for the future. This book contains new revelations from recently released Soviet documents and eyewitness testimonies ... Read more

20. The Romania Name in History
by Ancestry.com
Paperback: 84 Pages (2007-06-23)
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This book is part of the Our Name in History series, a collection of fascinating facts and statistics, alongside short historical commentary, created to tell the story of previous generations who have shared this name.The information in this book is a compendium of research and data pulled from census records, military records, ships' logs, immigrant and port records, as well as other reputable sources. Topics include:

  • Name Meaning and Origin
  • Immigration Patterns and Census Detail
  • Family Lifestyles
  • Military Service History
  • Comprehensive Source Guide, for future research
Plus, the "Discover Your Family" section provides tools and guidance on how you can get started learning more about your own family history.

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Nearly 300,000 titles are currently available in the Our Name in History series, compiled from Billions of records by the world's largest online resource of family history, Ancestry.com. ... Read more

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