Gulag by Anne Applebaum
A History

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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.
 

About Anne Applebaum

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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, Slate, and The London Spectator. She lives in Washington, D.C., and Poland with her husband, Radek Sikorski, a Polish politician, and their two children.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Anchor. 736 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War, Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Drawing on accounts by survivors, she also documents daily life inside the Gulag, a Dante-esque existence of individual rituals in the face of death: “Never on any account take more than a half-hour to consume your ration,” one such account warns.

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Gulag: the History of the Soviet Labour Camps by Anne Applebaum Penguin £25, pp624 The story needed to be told and Anne Applebaum tells it with admirable attention to detail, proper restraint and a generally successful attempt not to allow horror to drive out objectivity.

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The Guardian

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Gulag: A History of the Soviet Camps Anne Applebaum 610pp, Allen Lane, £25 At the end of 1941 Time magazine made Joseph Stalin its Man of the Year.

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Publishers Weekly

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Nearly 30 million prisoners passed through the Soviet Union's labor camps in their more than 60 years of operation.

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The Wall Street Journal

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The most remarkable thing about "The Way Back," the 2010 film by Peter Weir, was neither its protagonists (escapees from the Soviet gulag system who trekked thousands of miles to their freedom) nor the curious tale of the almost certainly fictional 1956 "memoir" that inspired it (Slawomir Rawicz'...

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Book Reporter

In 1973, when Alexander Solzhenitsyn launched the first volume of his monumental GULAG ARCHIPELAGO, an oral history of Soviet concentration camps, he expressed concern that a proper history of the camps might never be written, that those who do not wish to recall would destroy all the documents "...

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Christian Science Monitor

The fall of the USSR meant that memoirs about the gulag system could be published in Russia, but somehow – unlike the German Holocaust – the gulag “is not a fashionable topic,” writes Anne Applebaum, American journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Gulag: A History."

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The New York Review of Books

The naming of the camps is therefore no mean feat: imagine trying to study the history of the Nazi camps without knowing whether Auschwitz is an actual place or a prisoners’ nickname, a camp or a group of camps, which is exactly the situation in which earlier Soviet historians found themselves.

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The Paris Review

And in a population reduced to a state of absolute loss, Sinyavsky argued, criminal songs were the soul’s last expression: “When there is nothing to expect from society, there remains a song on which you still place your hopes.” Even after emigrating to Paris, Sinyavsky continued to use his old p...

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