After World War II, a new community of elite emerged in Hungary, in spite of the communist principles espoused by the government. In Luxury and the Ruling Elite in Socialist Hungary, György Majtényi allows us a peek inside their affluence.
Majtényi exposes the lavish standard of living that the higher echelon enjoyed, complete with pools, Persian rugs, extravagant furniture, servants, and groundskeepers. They shopped in private stores stocked with expensive meats and tropical fruits just for them. They benefited from access to everything from books, telephone lines, and international travel to hunting grounds, soccer games, and even the choicest cemetery plots. But Majtényi also reveals the underbelly of such society, particularly how these privileges were used as a way of maintaining power, initiating or denying entry to party members, and strengthening the very hierarchies that communism promised to abolish.
Taking readers on a fascinating and often surprising look inside the manor homes and vacation villas of wealthy post-World War II Hungarians, Majtényi offers fresh insight into the realities of patriarchy, loyalty, gender, and class within the communist regime.
Fly with Captain Tom Cooper on this most incredible roller coaster ride from a rural, Mayberry-ish community in the foothills of North Carolina to the apex of the scheduled airline world.
A superb story teller, Captain Cooper takes you on a breathtaking trip with intermediate stops in the jungles of South America, revolutions in the tropics, the "sometimes" exciting exploits of a scheduled airline pilot and finally lands you on the top floor, mahogany row, of the volatile airline community.
Whether you are a professional or private pilot or just an "arm chair" adventurer, with his simple but vivid writing style, he escorts you through his 60 years of aviation experiences with page after page of a literary reality show that can only be narrated by someone who has actually lived it.
Captain Cooper shares his experiences, the good times and the bad, the wins and the losses, with clarity and with a simple credo that to be a success one must, to paraphrase Teddy Roosevelt, be "in the arena" and experience failures along with any successes that might come your way without fear of criticism or admonition.
And.......never, ever, let 'em see you sweat!
Tom Cooper was born in High Point, North Caroline, May 26, 1936. After many disappointments, he finally landed his ideal position as a pilot for Eastern Airlines. Toward the end of his 29-year career with Eastern he became involved in the union strife aligning himself politically with management where his affection for Eastern won out over the tactics of the pilot's union.
After the demise of Eastern, with no funds, he started a small airline with an eight-passenger Cessna airplane. That commuter airline grew into a one hundred million dollar regional airline with marketing arrangements with both United and Continental Airlines.
In the mid seventies, during the Jimmy Carter administration, while still a pilot for Eastern Airlines, he inaugurated a charter route between Miami, Florida and Havana, Cuba. He operated this entity until selling the company in 2016. He is now retired and lives with his wife, Jerrie, in Wellington, Florida during the summer where he enjoys a modest home on a small fly-in community. The balance of their time is spent on their boat in North Key Largo, Florida.
He still flies his treasured 1943 Fairchild PT-26.
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The Hungarian city of Sztalinvaros, or "Stalin-City," was intended to be the paradigmatic urban community of the new communist society in the 1950s. In Stalinism Reloaded, Sandor Horvath explores how Stalin-City and the socialist regime were built and stabilized not only by the state but also by the people who came there with hope for a better future. By focusing on the everyday experiences of citizens, Horvath considers the contradictions in the Stalinist policies and the strategies these bricklayers, bureaucrats, shop girls, and even children put in place in order to cope with and shape the expectations of the state. Stalinism Reloaded reveals how the state influenced marriage patterns, family structure, and gender relations. While the devastating effects of this regime are considered, a convincing case is made that ordinary citizens had significant agency in shaping the political policies that governed them.
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