Next I'll be reading, The Hungarians: A Thousand Years of Victory in Defeat.
The concise history is just that, and quite a bit shorter than "The Hungarians". I'm hoping though that on reading the second, longer history I'll pick up more having gone over a shorter version already.
The history of the Hungarians goes back far enough that there is quite a bit that isn't known all that well. A lot has to be guessed from linguistic studies. Like all histories there are controversies over some versions of various aspects. And I realize that all this history is only useful to a point. I'm really hoping though that it just gives me an appreciation for the place.
To get a (hopefully) better look at things as they are now, I'll be reading Culture Shock! Hungary: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette. I don't think any of this will replace what I learn once I get there, but I like to do what I can to show up somewhat prepared. And my job will actually involve working with people from 20 different countries in the area, so this is just a start. What little I learned about Europe growing up was primarily focused on Western Europe. So I have a lot of work to do.