“Vivid travelogue, gripping memoir, and accurate analysis, this book is a compellingly insightful look at the dilemmas entailed with Romania's embrace of democracy. Sheilah Kast, the indefatigable journalist, and Jim Rosapepe, the astute diplomat-politician, take readers on a marvelous journey through Romania's history, geography, culture, and habits of the heart. Highly recommended to all those who want to understand the human underpinnings of the struggle for freedom in East-Central Europe.”

DR. VLADIMIR TISMANEANU,
FORMER DIRECTOR CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF POST-COMMUNIST SOCIETIES, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND; AND AUTHOR OF NUMEROUS BOOKS, INCLUDING STALINISM FOR ALL SEASONS: A POLITICAL HISTORY OF ROMANIAN COMMUNISM