- Hardcover: 677 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group; 1 edition (Jun. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0767900561
- ISBN-13: 978-0767900560
- Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 4.3 x 24.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 86 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,320,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Gulag: A History Hardcover – 1 Jun 2003
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About the Author
ANNE APPLEBAUM was born in Washington, D.C., received a bachelors degree from Yale, and studied at Saint Antonys College, Oxford, and the London School of Economics on a Marshall scholarship. In 1988, she moved to Poland to work for the Economist, and a few years later became foreign editor, then deputy editor, of the Spectator. Her work has also appeared in the New York Review of Books, the Wall Street Journal, Slate and other British and American publications. She is the author of one previous book, Between East and West: Across the Borderlands of Europe. After living for more than fifteen years in Europe, she joined the editorial board of the Washington Post in 2002 and now lives in Washington, D.C.
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By some measure this is the best book, including memoirs, I have ever read on the subject. Can't recommend it too highly.
This author presents a terrible catalogue of suffering through the purges of '37 and the later war time expansion of the camp system.
Using personal accounts of the camps and Chekist/NKVD archives a picture of the prisoner experience and the unclear strategy emerges. The fact that the system was virtually abolished on economic rather than moral or legal grounds is one of the saddest aspects of this magisterial account.
The whole work leaves the reader deeply saddened that suffering on this scale was imposed on innocent individuals in the name of Socialism. A profoundly disturbing portrait of the deformed and malignant Stalinist system.
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