HUNGARY: Now It Is Told

The inside story of the Hungarian Revolution was told at last.

Western observers, flooding across Hungary's broken-down frontiers last October and November, reported the Battle of Budapest in vivid and memorable detail, witnessed the spontaneous unity of the Hungarian people and the intrepid actions of the Freedom Fighters and the Workers' Councils (TIME'S Man of the Year, Jan. 7). What was not told, because not known, was the story of what went on behind the shell-pocked façades of Budapest's official buildings during the freedom fight. What happened inside the Communist leadership? At what point did the Russian MVD and the Soviet...

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