Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956

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McClelland & Stewart, Oct 30, 2012 - Communism - 608 pages
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At the end of WWII, the Soviet Union, to its surprise and delight, found itself in control of a huge swath of territory in Central Europe. It set out to convert a dozen radically different countries to a completely new political and moral system, Communism. Iron Curtain describes how the communist regimes of Eastern Europe were created, and what daily life was like once they were complete. Applebaum draws on newly opened European archives and personal accounts translated for the first time to portray in devestating detail millions of individuals trying to adjust to a way of life that challenged their every belief, rendered worthless their every qualification, and took everything away they had accumulated. Today the Soviet Block is a lost civilization, once whose cruelty, paranoia, bizarre morality and strange aethestics Applebaum captures in the electrifying pages of this book.

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User Review  - PCorrigan - LibraryThing

Definitely 4 or 5 stars. Overall, I found it to be an utterly fascinating survey on exactly how the Iron Curtain developed and then functioned. It is clearly well-researched and appears to be balanced ... Read full review

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User Review  - FBerger - LibraryThing

A good introductory book for those possessing an interest but little prior knowledge of communism and communist regimes of the former Easter Bloc countries of East Germany, Poland, and Hungary. I ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

ANNE APPLEBAUM is a columnist for the Washington Post and Slate. Her previous book, Gulag, won the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction and was a finalist for three other major prizes. Her essays appear in the New York Review of Books. She lives in Washington, D.C. and Poland, with her husband, Radek Sikorski, a Polish politician, and their two children.

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