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"Everybody needs a Susanne on their show! For those who have forgotten what freedom means or for those who have forgotten how to hope - Susanne’s story is an absolute must."
Bell Braaten, Producer Newsradio 970 am KBUL, Billings, MT

"Great guest, the switchboard was lit up throughout the show"
Trish and Halli, KID 590 AM, Idaho Falls, ID

The Midwest Book Review "Pursuit Of Freedom is the compelling autobiography of Susanne M. Reyto, who tells of life in Hungary, and the ravages that the nation faced--first from the Nazis, then from the rapacious claims of Communism..."
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Pursuit of Freedom - Reviews

The Midwest Book Review

Pursuit Of Freedom: A True Story Of The Enduring Power Of Hope And Dreams is the compelling autobiography of Susanne M. Reyto.

She tells of life in Hungary, and the ravages that the nation faced - first from the Nazis, then from the rapacious claims of Communism, which exhorted taking from the people to give to the party. Families were torn apart; respected citizens were ostracized, and author Susanne Reyto had to navigate the treacherous environment to build her own life, and cling to hope amidst darkness all around.

A moving true story of human endurance and the will to realize one's dreams.

Susanne Reyto gives a remarkable account of life, beginning with Nazism, followed by Communism in Hungary. She was only 13 when, after several unsuccessful attempts, her family was finally able to leave. Nevertheless, her childhood memories are sharp and insightful.

" Pursuit of Freedom is a moving personal drama, as well as an important historical memoir of this turbulent era."
Congressman Tom Lantos
Ranking Member
House International Relations Committee
United States Congress

"Pursuit of Freedom is an enthralling tapestry of family memories. The black & white snapshots tell a thousand stories. What Susanne's family lived through is an ugly era in our global story, which has much bearing on this time of terrorism & religious tyranny, in such societies as Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran & North Korea. It also serves to remind us that we forget the stories of our past at our peril. It gripped me from page one & didn't let go until its final pages...."
Review by Rebecca Brown of RebeccasReads.com

"Wow! Your story of survival is incredible. I am in awe of your tenacity and courage in the face of utter evil. Finally there is a book that tells the world about the horror it turned a blind eye to!"
Jessica Keet, Los Angeles, CA

"Susanne Reyto’s work is an extraordinary memoir of life under Nazism and Communism. In a highly textured, beautifully descriptive style, she makes it possible for the reader to experience tragedy and human strength on many levels; both through the eyes of a five-year-old child and her mother. A whole culture and society is exposed."
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
Speaker, Author of The Ten Commandments

"Pursuit of Freedom is the most compelling book I read in the last couple of years. Everybody should read it. Please send me 20 copies for my book group to read."
Sharon Crandall, Piedmont CA

"Wow, your book, Pursuit of Freedom, is awesome. It touched my heart and I learned so much from it. I couldnít put it down. Even though Iím not a speed-reader, I finished it in two days."
Bill Schroeder, Los Angeles, CA

"What an extraordinary life. I have known you for almost forty years, and now I really know what made you the way you are. Survivor of the fittest."
Judy Ruderman, Los Angeles, CA

"I am so much in awe.† Pursuit of Freedom is an amazing story, beautifully written. I canít wait for my grandchildren to read it and discuss it with them."
Lee Frank, Los Angeles, CA

"My heartiest congratulations for writing this moving, extraordinary story of your survival. You have done a service for one and all. Thank you."
Dr Edward J Pfeiffer, Pasadena, CA

"An outstanding book! Pursuit of Freedom, the gripping story reveals living under two of the most oppressive regimes the world has ever seenóNazism and Communism. Despite the horrors of your life, the book is never downbeat, but uplifting and inspiring. It shows the power of hope, dreams and unbeatable spirit. Itís a must read!"
Carol Daskal, Los Angeles, CA

"I am so impressed with your book, Pursuit of Freedom. I started to read it standing in the kitchen and two hours later I was still there. I couldnít put it down. You are a real survivor. You didnít let adversity destroy your spirit."
Ildy Rosen, Palos Verdes Estates, CA

"Reading Pursuit of Freedom taught me a lot. I knew quite a bit about the Nazi period but I certainly learned a lot about the atrocities committed by the Communists. Thank you for bringing it to our awareness. We all need to learn from it."
Ardyth Freshman, Beverly Hills, CA

"I just finished reading your excellent memoir.  I found it to be extremely moving, especially the parts remembered by you and your mother during the Nazi regime and the Communism in Hungary.  What you and your family endured! I have read other books about this time frame, but  I had no idea what your life was in Europe, and in spite of it all, you always have a cheerful countenance.  Thank you for the privilege of learning about you and your family and that period in history."
Jane Morgen, Bel Air, CA