Echos of Communism was a blind impulse buy, I saw the sticker that declared it was by a local author. I knew little of what the story was about when I started it but I was quickly hooked.
Ileana Johnson Paugh talks of her life growing up in Romania under socialism as she dreams of coming to the US and being free. The story is true and tells the truth about the failing attempts at socialism. I actually felt like Ileana was sitting in my living room talking to me for most of the book. The story read smoothly and was interesting. At times parts were repeated a bit too often for my liking but I do understand that Ileana was trying to make a point. Throughout the story Ileana is brutally honest and points out similarities she sees between the US and communism. In several ways the story was eye opening and other ways it just reaffirmed things I already believe.
If you struggled to read about politics or the brutal truth of what is happening in the world Echoes of Communism most likely will upset you. If you are curious about how people living with socialism survive and some of the key signs of it Echos of Communism would be an interesting read.