Orbán: Strong Man, Authoritarian Ideology
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/03/2019
Year Published: 2019
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23498
Review of a book about Viktor Orbán's political career.
Orbán - Hungary's Strongman
By Paul Lendvai
Oxford University Press, 2017, 224 pages, $28.45 hardcover.
The author is a Hungarian-born Austrian journalist who fled to Vienna after the 1956 Hungarian Revolution ended with the Soviet invasion. He was the Vienna-based correspondent for the Financial Times for 22 years and a columnist for the major Austrian daily newspaper, Der Standard....
The original Hungarian title of the book, New Conquest, refers not only to how someone from a simple rural background was able to step forward but also - as we can read in the first three chapters - how he utilized his 15-20 former university friends to gain and maintain his status....
According to Lendvai, Orbáns political career should be examined together with his colleagues because of their incredible group history. Together with some oligarchs from the new national capitalist class, this grouping built a powerful political party, Fidesz (Alliance of Young Democrats).