Richard Bassett LAST DAYS IN OLD EUROPE

Anne Applebaum has said of Richard Bassett’s memoir, LAST DAYS IN OLD EUROPE: Trieste ’79, Vienna ’85, Prague ’89 published in hardback by Allen Lane on 31 January 2019: “Richard Bassett’s spirited memoir of ten crucial years in recent European history is full of insights into the last days of two empires: the Habsburg, whose embers he savours beautifully, and the Communist, which he vividly shows us collapsing in front of him.  The book is charming and funny, but it has a serious purpose, lightly worn, and a flavour all of its own.”