Ion Grumeza

Author, historian, educator, and philosopher


The Boy and the Partisan in Transylvania

The Boy and the Partisan in Transylvania

In The Boy and the Partisan, a thirteen year old city-boy named Bobby is spending his summer vacation with his grandparents in one of the small medieval villages in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains, where life has not changed in centuries. Anemic looking, dressed in city clothes and allergic to everything, he tries to ignore the lack of electricity and running water and struggles with the daily chores of feeding the horse, chickens, and cow, and bringing fresh water home from the distant well. Fueled by vampire literature and with Dracula’s castle only miles away, he strings together cloves of garlic to wear around his neck as protection.

Overnight, the Communist government Securitate troops take over the village and make Bobby’s grandparents’ house their headquarters. The soldiers begin combing the surrounding forested mountains searching for partisans. The partisans are “freedom fighters” who want to keep Communists out of the mountains, so hoped-for American paratroopers can safely land there and help free Romania from its Russian occupiers. For days the sound of gunfire and grenade explosions echoes through the mountains.

Dacia: Land of Transylvania, Cornerstone of Ancient Eastern Europe

Dacia: Land of Transylvania, Cornerstone of Ancient Eastern Europe

Ion Grumeza tells the little known ancient history of immensely rich lands that later became known as Transylvania and Romania. Today the history of this pivotal land and its people is only found in passing references in a handful of world history books.

Ptolemy clearly marked Dacia on his world map in the Second Century A.D., but ancient and modern historians mistook the Dacians for Thracians, Sarmatians, Scythians, and even Slavs. Grumeza corrects and revives the history of this mysterious Transylvanian land of the wolf-people who defied the Roman Empire for two centuries.

Nadia: The Success Secrets of the Amazing Romanian Gymnast

Nadia: The Success Secrets of the Amazing Romanian Gymnast cover

This international best seller tells the story of the 14-year-old star of the 1976 Olympics, who captured the imagination of the world by her perfect scores at Montreal, where she smashed the previous records set by another favorite, Olga Korbut. Illustrated with dozens of photographs, including many taken in Romania, as well as drawings based upon action motion pictures of Nadia in competition.

Admiring the Goose-steps: How Hitler Intimidated the World Powers

Admiring the Goose-steps

Ion Grumeza uses the pre-World War II period to show how Hitler manipulated nationalism and prosperity to convince millions to accept his ideology. They openly admired the German military machine and economic prosperity in the midst of the global depression, and succumbed to his demands. For six years Hitler created his war machine and intentionally paraded it in front of the astonished military attaches in order to intimidate his future enemies. Grumeza describes how the German soldiers were trained for war and then crossed foreign borders unstopped while the rest of the world hoped for peace. Not only was there no effort to stop what was developing, but many countries helped Hitler’s machine.

The Gentleman Boxer

The Gentleman Boxer book cover

This is the true story of a bantam boxer called Joe Grimm, his chaperoning older brother, and the time in which they lived. It is the 1920s, and boxing is the king of sports, with fighting clubs in nearly every city in America. Joe weighs 118 pounds and is flat-footed; nevertheless, he wins against boxers who are heavier than he is, he wins when he is booked as a last-minute replacement, and he wins against contenders who are headed to championship bouts. He is so gallant in the ring that the press calls him “Gentleman Joe.” Between 1921 and 1928, he wins 61 out of 70 fightsh, with 24 knockouts in a row! He is never knocked out. But his awesome winning streak is interrupted when he and his brother are urgently called home by their immigrant parents. He leaves behind the arenas, with their cheering crowds and works as a butcher in his grocery shop bought with ring money for his family. Now the character traits that made him a boxing wonder make him a success in business.

This Old Church: The Indispensable Guide for Restoring Church Buildings

This Old Church: The Indispensable Guide for Restoring Church Buildings

Old church buildings are landmarks in towns and cities. Time, weather, wear and tear, and faulty patch-up jobs take their toll on the venerable structures, and at some point repairs can no longer be postponed.

This Old Church: The Indispensable Guide for Restoring Church Buildings describes the logistical procedures to be followed before, during, and after the restoration process, including advice on how church restoration committees should relate to contractors, to their congregation, and to the public.

The Roots of Balkanization

The Roots of Balkanization

The true roots of the ongoing Greece/euro financial crisis are in the country’s history. Global economic planners need to recognize the factors that influenced tribal and feudal economy—traditions and values that have been passed down through thousands of generations and remain as firmly entrenched today as in the time of the invading hordes.

“Balkanization” is a modern term describing the fragmentation and re-division of countries and nations in the Balkan Peninsula, as well as a dynamic meaning “the Balkan way of doing things.”