About the Book

In December 1989, Romanians overthrew dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu, ending more than forty years of Communist totalitarianism.

Twenty five years later, Romania is a thriving democracy, an economic success, and a member of NATO and the European Union.

What’s the story of the Romanian miracle?

Join former United States ambassador to Romania Jim Rosapepe and his wife, award-winning journalist Sheilah Kast, on an amazing tour of an amazing land—beyond Dracula, beyond orphans, beyond Communism, to the vibrant culture, unique history, and 21st Century skills which define modern Romania.

You’ll travel to Bucharest, the capital city once called “the Paris of the East,” where centuries old Orthodox Christianity thrives in tandem with cutting-edge IT; to Maramureş in the north, where the Holocaust took a great toll on the once vibrant Jewish community that included Nobel Prize-winner Elie Wiesel; to Transylvania, home not just to Vlad Ţepeş, the real-life Dracula, but to the historic struggles between Romanians and Hungarians, now at peace; and to fascinating spots in-between.

Along the way, you’ll meet people, famous and unknown, who have made Romania—people like King Michael, who in World War II at age twenty-two led a coup to unseat a fascist dictator, only to be forced into exile by the Communists; Ion Iliescu, both a leading figure during Communism and Romania’s first democratically elected president; and Judith Katona, a young woman like many who went abroad to study after the Revolution but returned to create the new Romania.

More than a travelogue or memoir, Dracula Is Dead™: Travels in Post-Communist Romania presents Romania through American eyes, taking you with Jim and Sheilah as they discover a remarkable country of boundless hospitality, brilliant skills, and a bright future in a peaceful Europe.

As a strong, creative, charming, democratic nation following years of dictatorship and isolation, Romania is, they explain, the new Italy .

See for yourself.