Michael Burleigh

Night of the Vampires

Michael of Romania: The King and the Country


Sutton Publishing 328pp £20 order from our bookshop

Ivor Porter, a former SOE agent who was sent to Romania in 1943 to encourage anti-German resistance, and who then experienced – once Romania had changed sides – the nightmare of the Communist coup, is exceptionally well qualified to tell this gripping story of King Michael’s dedication to his ill-starred country. Since the author has such an intimate grasp of the high politics of modern Romania, perhaps a slightly wider focus is in order for the events he describes so well in a book that puts the case for monarchy. 

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