Writing in the Canadian Journal of History, Karl E. Loewenstein of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, reviewed Failed Illusions: Moscow, Washington, Budapest, and the 1956 Hungarian Revolt, written by Charles Gati and published as part of the Cold War International History Project Book Series.

In describing the book, Loewenstein says that "Gati proposes a more realistic and critical analysis of the uprising than has been presented before. He analyzes mistakes and suggests alternative courses of action that might have kept the Soviets from invading as they did in November 1956. In particular, he outlines four considerations that lead him to his conclusions: relatively few Hungarians fought against the Soviets; the revolution lacked effective leadership; Soviet leadership was not trigger-happy; and the US was both uninformed and a provocateur."

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