Gulag: A History

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - History - 736 pages
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.

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. 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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Good, reasonably readable, and interesting. The main drawback is the same as in other books I read....include better maps. I am no Russian expert and place names requiring me to go to the internet ... Read full review

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I ordered this book at the same time as the author’s Red Famine, a look at Stalin’s largely manufactured famine centered in the Ukraine. I didn’t much enjoy Red Famine and wasn’t holding out much hope ... 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 DYING
REBELLION AND ESCAPE
PART THREE THE RISE AND FALL OF THE CAMP
STRANGERS
AMNESTYAND AFTERWARD
THE ZENITH OF THE CAMPINDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
THE DEATH OF STALIN
THE ZEKS REVOLUTION

PRISON
TRANSPORT ARRIVAL SELECTION
LIFE IN THE CAMPS
Chapter11 WORK IN THE CAMPS
PUNISHMENT AND REWARD
THE GUARDS
THE PRISONERS
WOMEN AND CHILDREN
THAWAND RELEASE
THE ERA OF THE DISSIDENTS
SMASHING STATUES
Appendix HOWMANY?
Epilogue MEMORY
TEXT AND ILLUSTRATION PERMISSIONS
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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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