Faces of Freedom, Lives of Courage

Hartwick’s Sears to Hold Book Discussion on Campus

January 27, 2014

On Thursday, February 13 at 8 p.m., Hartwick College Professor of Accounting and Business Administration Thomas G. Sears, CPA will speak on the third floor of the Stevens-German Library on the Hartwick College campus. Sears will discuss aspects of his recently published book, Faces of Freedom, Lives of Courage, which he co-authored with Radu Cristea.

"I have been traveling to Romania every year since 2005," said Sears. "This book was four years in the making, and I have a strong emotional attachment to it as a result of the many interviews I was a part of. I look forward to sharing these experiences and more from my book during this upcoming discussion with the Hartwick Community."   

According to the publisher's website, "Faces of Freedom, Lives of Courage is a fragment of communist Romania's history as seen through the unique and shocking experiences of nine individuals." This account of historical non-fiction consists of several interviews of those whose lives were altered by the communist leaders and regime of Nicolae and Elena Ceaușescu of Romania. Six of the nine individuals detailed within book are ex-political prisoners who survived the extermination camps during these Communist times.

Faces of Freedom, Lives of Courage is currently available for purchase via the publisher's website as well as other sites including, Barnes and Noble online,, and more. Sears will be available for a book signing after the discussion. Copies of the work are available for purchase in the Barnes & Noble Bookstore on campus and also at the event.

To watch video discussions between Cristea and select interviewees, visit YouTube. For further information on the upcoming book talk, please visit the authors' Facebook page at or contact Sears at 607-431-4947 or

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