In this unique and poignant account of faded dreams, journalist John Feffer returns to Eastern Europe a quarter of a century after the fall of communism. There Feffer tracks down hundreds of people he had interviewed for his earlier book, Shock Waves, decades before as the Iron Curtain fell. From politicians and scholars to trade unionists and grassroots activists, Feffer finds a common story of optimism dashed. The testimonies he compiles in Aftershock: A Journey into Eastern Europe’s Broken Dreams make for fascinating, if sometimes disturbing, reading because they are at once very real and very timely.
Aftershock also shows how the politics of Trumpism began in Eastern Europe more than two decades ago.