Gulag: A History (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - History - 736 pages
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The Gulag--a vast array of Soviet concentration camps that held millions of political and criminal prisoners--was a system of repression and punishment that terrorized the entire society, embodying the worst tendencies of Soviet communism. In this magisterial and acclaimed history, Anne Applebaum offers the first fully documented portrait of the Gulag, from its origins in the Russian Revolution, through its expansion under Stalin, to its collapse in the era of glasnost. Applebaum intimately re-creates what life was like in the camps and links them to the larger history of the Soviet Union. Immediately recognized as a landmark and long-overdue work of scholarship, Gulag is an essential book for anyone who wishes to understand the history of the twentieth century.


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User Review  - Rick Boyer - Goodreads

An absolutely brilliant and crucially important work, which details the history of the Soviet Gulag system of forced labor camps, from the end of the First World War to the end of the Soviet Union in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jeremy - Goodreads

Jesus Christ. With the possible exception of a few books on the Holocaust, this is the single most painful work of non-fiction I've ever encountered. The portrait of the Soviet work camp system that ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page
PART ONE THE ORIGINS OF THE GULAG 19171939
THE FIRST CAMP OF THE GULAG
THE GREAT TURNING POINT
THE WHITE SEA CANAL
THE CAMPS EXPAND
THE GREAT TERROR AND ITS AFTERMATH
PART TWO LIFE AND WORK IN THE CAMPS
THE PRISONERS
WOMEN AND CHILDREN
THE DYING
REBELLION AND ESCAPE
PART THREE THE RISE AND FALL OF
AMNESTYAND AFTERWARD
THE ZENITH OF THE CAMPINDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
THE DEATH OF STALIN

PRISON
TRANSPORT ARRIVAL SELECTION
LIFE IN THE CAMPS
Chapter11 WORK IN THE CAMPS
PUNISHMENT AND REWARD
THE GUARDS
THAWAND RELEASE
THE ERA OF THE DISSIDENTS
SMASHING STATUES
Appendix HOWMANY?
Epilogue MEMORY
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Anne Applebaum is a columnist and member of the editorial board of the Washington Post. A graduate of Yale and a Marshall Scholar, she has worked as the foreign and deputy editor of the Spectator (London), as the Warsaw correspondent for the Economist, and as a columnist for the on-line magazine Slate, as well as for several British newspapers. Her work has also appeared in the New York Review of Books, Foreign Affairs, and the Wall Street Journal, among many other publications. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Radek Sikorski, and two children.


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