The Man They Killed on Christmas Day by Catalin Gruia

The description for The Man They Killed on Christmas Day says it is a “concise journalistic account of Ceausescu’s life.” What it should really say is that it is an extraordinarily brief overview that skips pretty much everything he did to the Romanian people. It mentions the abortion laws and the dramatic decline of the economy in the 80s, but it doesn’t really give any indication as to why the Caeusescus were sentenced to death. It doesn’t really give any indication as to why the people of Timisoara rebelled. It doesn’t even really answer the question it promises to address: Who was the “real” Nicolae Ceausescu? There is just way too much missing and is not really worth the time it takes to read it (which isn’t much – it is quite short and really barely able to be called a book).

2 (out of 5) Stars

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