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Who put the lights out ... ?,
This review is from: Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-56 (Hardcover)
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I read and enjoyed Gulag, but found it overly detailed at times. This is the same in places, but is still a very good read. I regret that it doesn't include more on the lesser well known satellite states such as Bulgaria. Nevertheless, the canvas remains a broad one and the research is immaculate.
It's a shocking story as other reviewers have conveyed here, and parts of it would seem unbelievable were it not that we know what actually happened. It's intended, I think, for the general reader, and this general reader had to stick at it on occasion ... it demands attentive reading or else you will be flicking back repeatedly to remind yourself who's who and what's what.
Having preceded this with a work by John Julius Norwich I can't help but remark that I found her prose a bit leaden at times ... so I'm deducting a star ...