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This review is from: Gulag: A History of the Soviet Camps (Paperback)
A fascinating , very readable history of the Gulag system of labour camps in the Soviet Union. I haven't read a great deal on this subject before but this book seems to be a balanced reasonable account. It is is well notated and referenced, with a large bibliography. Anne Applebaum has used archive material available since the break up of the Soviet Union as well as previous accounts and her own interviews with camp employees and survivors. Obviously the accounts of the suffering of prisoners are very moving and the numbers involved are horrific but what struck me most was the sheer stupidity with which the system was run.
And for the record, my own politics were very left wing in my youth and are less so in my middle age.