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

Doubleday - Today the soviet bloc is a lost civilization, bizarre morality, one whose cruelty, paranoia, and strange aesthetics Applebaum captures in the electrifying pages of Iron Curtain. Used book in Good Condition. Stalin and his secret police set out to convert a dozen radically different countries to Communism, a completely new political and moral system.

She draws on newly opened east european archives, interviews, and personal accounts translated for the first time to portray in devastating detail the dilemmas faced by millions of individuals trying to adjust to a way of life that challenged their every belief and took away everything they had accumulated.

Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956 - In the long-awaited follow-up to her pulitzer prize-winning Gulag, acclaimed journalist Anne Applebaum delivers a groundbreaking history of how Communism took over Eastern Europe after World War II and transformed in frightening fashion the individuals who came under its sway. At the end of world war ii, the soviet Union to its surprise and delight found itself in control of a huge swath of territory in Eastern Europe.

. In iron curtain, pulitzer prize-winning journalist Anne Applebaum describes how the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe were created and what daily life was like once they were complete.





Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine

Doubleday - Applebaum’s compulsively readable narrative recalls one of the worst crimes of the twentieth century, and shows how it may foreshadow a new threat to the political order in the twenty-first. An economist best book of the yearfrom the author of the pulitzer prize-winning gulag and the national book award finalist Iron Curtain, a revelatory history of one of Stalin's greatest crimes—the consequences of which still resonate todayIn 1929 Stalin launched his policy of agricultural collectivization—in effect a second Russian revolution—which forced millions of peasants off their land and onto collective farms.

Devastating and definitive, Red Famine captures the horror of ordinary people struggling to survive extraordinary evil. Today, the successor to the Soviet Union, Russia, has placed Ukrainian independence in its sights once more. But instead of sending relief the Soviet state made use of the catastrophe to rid itself of a political problem.

Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine - At least five million people died between 1931 and 1933 in the USSR. The result was a catastrophic famine, the most lethal in European history. In some cases, they killed one another for food. Starvation set in rapidly, dogs, tree bark, and people ate anything: grass, corpses. The state sealed the republic’s borders and seized all available food.





Gulag: A History

Doubleday - By the end of the 1930s, labor camps could be found in all twelve of the Soviet Union’s time zones. The gulag was first put in place in 1918 after the Russian Revolution. The gulag—the vast array of soviet concentration camps—was a system of repression and punishment whose rationalized evil and institutionalized inhumanity were rivaled only by the Holocaust.

The gulag entered the world’s historical consciousness in 1972, with the publication of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s epic oral history of the Soviet camps, The Gulag Archipelago. Of these 18 million, it is estimated that 4. 5 million never returned. But the gulag was not just an economic institution. Used book in Good Condition.

Topic by topic, how they died, anne applebaum also examines how life was lived within this shadow country: how prisoners worked, how they ate, where they lived, how they survived. She examines their guards and their jailers, the strange nature of soviet arrests and trials, the impact of World War II, the relations between different national and religious groups, and the escapes, the horrors of transportation in empty cattle cars, as well as the extraordinary rebellions that took place in the 1950s.

Gulag: A History - It is an epic feat of investigation and moral reckoning that places the Gulag where it belongs: at the center of our understanding of the troubled history of the twentieth century. Anne applebaum first lays out the chronological history of the camps and the logic behind their creation, enlargement, and maintenance.

The system continued to expand throughout the war years, reaching its height only in the early 1950s.





Gulag: A History

Anchor Books - 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. In this magisterial and acclaimed history, through its expansion under Stalin, Anne Applebaum offers the first fully documented portrait of the Gulag, from its origins in the Russian Revolution, to its collapse in the era of glasnost.

Anchor Books. 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.

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Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

Basic Books - Assiduously researched, deeply humane, and utterly definitive, Bloodlands will be required reading for anyone seeking to understand the central tragedy of modern history. It has been translated into more than thirty languages, was named to twelve book-of-the-year lists, and was a bestseller in six countries.

At war's end, both the german and the Soviet killing sites fell behind the iron curtain, leaving the history of mass killing in darkness. World war ii history stressing the mass killings that occurred before, during and after, hardly a "good war". Bloodlands won twelve awards including the emerson prize in the Humanities, the Leipzig Award for European Understanding, a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Hannah Arendt Prize in Political Thought.

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin - . Before hitler was finally defeated, he had murdered six million Jews and nearly as many other Europeans. Used book in Good Condition. Anchor Books. Bloodlands is a new kind of european history, in the time and place where they occurred: between Germany and Russia, presenting the mass murders committed by the Nazi and Stalinist regimes as two aspects of a single history, when Hitler and Stalin both held power.

From the bestselling author of on tyranny, the definitive history of Hitler's and Stalin's wars against the civilians of Europe in World War TwoAmericans call the Second World War "The Good War. But before it even began, america's wartime ally Josef Stalin had killed millions of his own citizens--and kept killing them during and after the war.





Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine

Anchor - The result was a catastrophic famine, the most lethal in European history. Anchor Books. Used book in Good Condition. Devastating and definitive, Red Famine captures the horror of ordinary people struggling to survive extraordinary evil. Today, the successor to the Soviet Union, Russia, has placed Ukrainian independence in its sights once more.

An economist best book of the yearfrom the author of the pulitzer prize-winning gulag and the national book award finalist Iron Curtain, a revelatory history of one of Stalin's greatest crimes—the consequences of which still resonate todayIn 1929 Stalin launched his policy of agricultural collectivization—in effect a second Russian revolution—which forced millions of peasants off their land and onto collective farms.

Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine - Applebaum’s compulsively readable narrative recalls one of the worst crimes of the twentieth century, and shows how it may foreshadow a new threat to the political order in the twenty-first. In red famine, anne applebaum argues that more than three million of those dead were Ukrainians who perished not because they were accidental victims of a bad policy but because the state deliberately set out to kill them.

At least five million people died between 1931 and 1933 in the USSR. But instead of sending relief the Soviet state made use of the catastrophe to rid itself of a political problem. World war ii history stressing the mass killings that occurred before, during and after, hardly a "good war".





Between East and West: Across the Borderlands of Europe

Pantheon - Examines the past and present of the eastern european borderlands, describing the rich variety of cultures, religions, now emerging from Soviet rule, and national aspirations of the area's inhabitants as they attempt to construct a future based on ancient ancestral legacies. Used book in Good Condition.

Anchor Books. World war ii history stressing the mass killings that occurred before, during and after, hardly a "good war".





Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941

Penguin Press - It is a landmark achievement in the annals of historical scholarship, and in the art of biography. Stephen kotkin’s stalin: waiting for hitler, 1929–1941 is the story of how a political system forged an unparalleled personality and vice versa. By 1934, when the soviet union had stabilized and socialism had been implanted in the countryside, praise for his stunning anti-capitalist success came from all quarters.

Used book in Good Condition. The lives of stalin and hitler, drew ever closer to collision, and the fates of their respective dictatorships, as the world hung in the balance. Anchor Books. The wholesale collectivization of some 120 million peasants necessitated levels of coercion that were extreme even for Russia, and the resulting mass starvation elicited criticism inside the party even from those Communists committed to the eradication of capitalism.

Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941 - But stalin did not flinch. Stalin’s obsessions drove him to execute nearly a million people, diplomatic and intelligence officials, including the military leadership, and innumerable leading lights in culture. But that bargain would not unfold as envisioned. Building and running a dictatorship, with life and death power over hundreds of millions, made Stalin into the uncanny figure he became.

Pulitzer prize-finalist stephen kotkin has written the definitive biography of joseph stalin, from collectivization and the Great Terror to the conflict with Hitler's Germany that is the signal event of modern world history   In 1929, ” otherwise known as collectivization, having already achieved dictatorial power over the vast Soviet Empire, Joseph Stalin, formally ordered the systematic conversion of the world’s largest peasant economy into “socialist modernity, regardless of the cost.

World war ii history stressing the mass killings that occurred before, during and after, hardly a "good war".





Lenin: The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of Terror

Pantheon - Victor sebestyen's riveting biography of vladimir ilyich Lenin—the first major biography in English in nearly two decades—is not only a political examination of one of the most important historical figures of the twentieth century but also a fascinating portrait of Lenin the man. Brought up in comfort and with a passion for hunting and fishing, chess, and the English classics, Lenin was radicalized after the execution of his brother in 1887.

But created evil. This included his invention of Stalin, who would take Lenin's system of the gulag and the secret police to horrifying new heights. In lenin, and he also brings to light important new revelations about the Russian Revolution, Victor Sebestyen has written a brilliant portrait of this dictator as a complex and ruthless figure, a pivotal point in modern history.

Lenin: The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of Terror - With 16 pages of black-and-white photographs Used book in Good Condition. An old comrade what had once admired him said that Lenin "desired the good.  .  . The product of a violent, and corrupt russia, tyrannical, he chillingly authorized the deaths of thousands of people and created a system based on the idea that political terror against opponents was justified for a greater ideal.

World war ii history stressing the mass killings that occurred before, during and after, hardly a "good war". Anchor Books.





Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire

Random House - World war ii history stressing the mass killings that occurred before, during and after, hardly a "good war". Anchor Books. Used book in Good Condition. In the tradition of john reed's classic ten days That Shook the World, this bestselling account of the collapse of the Soviet Union combines the global vision of the best historical scholarship with the immediacy of eyewitness journalism.

A moving illumination. Remnick is the witness for us all. Wall Street Journal. From the Trade Paperback edition.





A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891-1924

Penguin Books - A people's tragedy is a masterful and original synthesis by a mature scholar, presented in a compelling and accessibly human narrative. On the brink of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, read the most vivid, moving, and comprehensive history of the events that changed the worldIt is history on an epic yet human scale.

. Anchor Books. Unlike previous accounts that trace the origins of the revolution to overreaching political forces and ideals, Figes argues that the failure of democracy in 1917 was deeply rooted in Russian culture and social history and that what had started as a people's revolution contained the seeds of its degeneration into violence and dictatorship.

Distinguished scholar orlando figes presents a panorama of Russian society on the eve of that revolution, and then narrates the story of how these social forces were violently erased. World war ii history stressing the mass killings that occurred before, during and after, hardly a "good war". Penguin Books.

A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891-1924 - Within the broad stokes of war and revolution are miniature histories of individuals, in which Figes follows the main players' fortunes as they saw their hopes die and their world crash into ruins. Many consider the Russian Revolution to be the most significant event of the twentieth century. Vast in scope, written with passion, narrative skill, and human sympathy, exhaustive in original research, A People's Tragedy is a profound account of the Russian Revolution for a new generation.

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