Vienna, VA, August 31, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Traian Nicola’s recently published memoir offers an insider’s view of communism from the perspective of a former member of the Romanian Foreign Intelligence Service. Nicola’s eloquent narration invites the reader to take a step back in time and see communist Romania—first through the eyes of an innocent child growing up in Transylvania, then as a student, and later as a member of the Foreign Intelligence Service, a powerful organization personally controlled by Nicolae Ceauşescu, the leader of the Romanian Communist Party.
Written with humor, compassion and insight, Nicola’s memoir gives readers a rare glimpse into the thinking and inner workings of Romania’s communist regime. Nicola’s personal experience led him to a deeply held conviction – that communism should never again be considered a viable political option.
Good-bye Dracula was written at a time when nostalgia for communism was on the rise in Romania and other former Soviet bloc countries. Ironically, soon after the fall of the Berlin Wall state property was transferred to a few thousand people, mostly former high-level communist party officials and the top brass of the secret police. This left a large portion of the population, both young and old, to struggle for their very existence. Political corruption spread, leading to disappointment and anger among the countries’ citizens.
Traian Nicola was born in the Transylvanian city of Sibiu in 1949 and grew up in the midst of the terror and darkness of communism in the 1950s and early 1960s. In 1971, he graduated from the Academy of Economics at Bucharest, Romania, and a year later joined the Romanian Foreign Intelligence Service as a way of fulfilling his childhood dream to see the free, yet forbidden, world for himself. He worked as a press attaché in Japan and an economic attaché in Pakistan. Deeply disappointed with communism and feeling betrayed by the Romanian Foreign Intelligence Service, he defected with his wife and children to the United States in 1979. Later, he became a recognized expert in the valuation of imports based on the GATT definition of value and subsequently the World Trade Organization valuation guidelines.
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ISBN: 978-1-4327-8871-1 Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback
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About the Author: Traian Nicola retired as vice president of a multinational company in 2008, and currently lives with his wife in the state of Virginia. For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/GoodbyeDracula.
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