What Eastern Europeans Can Teach Us
May 19, 2013
For those of you researching ancestors in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as for travelers, I recommend reading The Hidden Europe: What Eastern European Can Teach Us by Francis Tapon. This is a new book published in 2012, gives entertaining insight about countries across Eastern and Central Europe, from Eastern Germany and Finland to Turkey and Russia. Together it takes the reader through 25 countries. The audience will learn in a humorous and open way how people in these countries see the world, what they think, and how they feel about the things.
You will also learn about the history of these countries in a refreshing way, and knowing their history will help better understand their way of thinking.
Although one may not agree with everything (perhaps especially the residents of these countries), these are the author’s insights, what he learned, and how he saw and experienced it.
I recommend it to everyone researching European countries, from genealogists to everyday travelers who want to visit any of them. Currently, there are two MCPL branches that have this book in hardcover, and you can always place a hold on the book and pick it up at your local branch. You can also see a book trailer on the author’s website.
So, start traveling across the European region with this funny, non-traditional, and innovative look at these countries. Each country has its own characteristic subtitle. Check out the titles for Slovakia and the Czech Republic, the two countries in which I lived my previous life. I like them both. You will see why. So check it out.
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