Frederick B. Chary Talks About Life Behind the Iron Curtain in New Book
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.