Frederick B. Chary Talks About Life Behind the Iron Curtain

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New Memoir Describes American’s Experiences in Cold War Era – Bulgaria

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Frederick B. Chary taught and did research work in one of the most hard-line Communist countries during the Cold War – Bulgaria. He was the first American graduate student to be sent to Bulgaria after a decade of non-recognition. He shares his story and a rare cross section of life behind the Iron Curtain in his recently released memoir, “Chutzpah and Naïveté” (published by Xlibris).

“Chutzpah and Naïveté” is a firsthand account of what life was like for an American living in a communist country during the height of the Cold War. With candor and sometimes humor, Chary gives unique insight into the confrontation between the United States and Eastern Europe, guiding readers alongside his journey through Bulgaria, the United States, Israel, and other European countries.

Chary also introduces the colorful personalities that he befriended during this time, including Vladimir Filipov, the Bulgarian leader Todor Zhivkov’s English translator; Andrei Pantev, whom he met when both were students and who later became a member of the Bulgarian parliament; and Neshka Robeva, the famous gymnastic-dance Olympian who helped bring down the Communist government.

Insightful, informative, and thoroughly compelling, “Chutzpah and Naïveté” is a glimpse into one of the most remarkable periods in world history and the true story of a man and his place at the center of it all.

“Chutzpah and Naïveté”
By Frederick B. Chary
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 136 pages | ISBN 9781499044416
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 136 pages | ISBN 9781499044423
E-Book | 136 pages | ISBN 9781499044409
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author:

Frederick B. Chary is professor emeritus of history at Indiana University Northwest. He is the author of “The Bulgarian Jews and the Final Solution, 1940-1944” (Pittsburgh, 1972), “The Diary of Bogdan Filov” (trans. and ed.) in Southeastern Europe (1971-74), and “History of Bulgaria” (Greenwood, 2011), as well as numerous articles. He is one of the founders and past presidents of the North American Bulgarian Studies Association. He had lectured at numerous universities and institutes, including the London School of Slavonic Studies and Sofia University “Kliment Ohridski.”

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