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Reviewer Koos van den Hout wrote:
Francis Tapon is not a person to sit still at home. He decided to learn about all of "Eastern Europe" by taking his backpack and visiting those countries in person. He tries to take away the (American) prejudices about Eastern Europe but learns in the process that some of those prejudices are still valid. A lot has happened in the Eastern European countries in the last 25 years. The map has changed a lot, new countries formed and others fell apart. On the visits to each country he learned about the language, the history, the current situation and the outlook on the future. He digs into the events from the 20th century which clearly shape the history of each country and the feelings of historic wrongdoing coming from those events.
A good read for someone wanting to learn more about this part of the world. The writing style is sometimes a bit chaotic with the distractions and diversions, but it is a very entertaining book. I applaud Francis for searching a way to immerse himself in each country by preferring staying with a local with an available couch.
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