Applebaum, Anne

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Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism

Highly recommended; the currency of this work is both engrossing and petrifying.

Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine

This book will appeal to readers interested in Ukrainian history, Soviet policies, and the current Ukrainian-Russian conflict. [See Prepub Alert, 4/24/17.]

Gulag: A History

With haunting testimonies from survivors, Washington Post journalist Applebaum paints an indelible picture of the vast Soviet Gulag forced labor camp system...

Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945–1956

This is a powerful and sobering book, by far the best treatment to yet appear on the topic. There have been earlier studies treating individual nations (e.g., Laszlo Borhi's Hungary in the Cold War, 1945–1956, and Andrzej Paczkowski's The Spring Will Be Ours: Poland and the Poles from Occupation to Freedom, translated from Polish by Jane Cave), but no one has accomplished the synthesis of multiarchival sources that Applebaum presents here. An important and essential study of a neglected aspect of the Cold War era. [This book has been nominated for the 2012 National Book Award in nonfiction.—Ed.]

Gulag Voices

The Gulag experience is not a fashionable topic in Russia today, but this work will provide the English-reading audience with Gulag experiences that resonate. Recommended for Russian history readers and historians wanting to learn more about the subtleties of Gulag life.

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