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Author: Anne Applebaum Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781455878383
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An excellent account of the rise and fall of the Soviet labor camps between 1917 and 1986…A splendid book.”

    New York Review of Books

  • “An affecting book that enables us at last to see the Gulag whole…A valuable and necessary book.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Should become the standard history of one of the greatest evils of the twentieth century.”


  • “Thorough, engrossing…A searing attack on the corruption and the viciousness that seemed to rule the system and a testimonial to the resilience of the Russian people…Her research is impeccable.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A book whose importance is impossible to exaggerate…Magisterial…Applebaum’s book, written with such quiet elegance and moral seriousness, is a major contribution to curing the amnesia that curiously seems to have affected broader public perceptions of one of the two or three major enormities of the twentieth century.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “The most authoritative—and comprehensive—account of this Soviet blight ever published by a Western writer.”


  • “A titanic achievement: learned and moving and profound…[None] will easily forget Applebaum’s vivid accounts of the horrible human suffering of the Gulag.”

    National Review

  • “Magisterial…Certain to remain the definitive account of its subject for years to come…An immense achievement.”

    New Criterion

  • “Ambitious and well-documented…Invaluable…Applebaum methodically, and unflinchingly, provides a sense of what it was like to enter and inhabit the netherworld of the Gulag.”

    New Yorker

  • “[Applebaum’s] writing is powerful and incisive, but it achieves this effect through simplicity and restraint rather than stylistic flourish…Admirable and courageous.”

    Washington Monthly

  • “Monumental…Applebaum uses her own formidable reporting skills to construct a gripping narrative.”


  • “No Western author until Anne Applebaum attempted to produce a history of the Gulag based on the combination of eyewitness accounts and archival records. The result is an impressively thorough and detailed study; no aspect of this topic escapes her attention. Well written, accessible…Enlightening for both the general reader and specialists.”

    New York Sun

  • “A truly impressive achievement…We should all be grateful to [Applebaum].”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “A chronicle of ghastly human suffering, a history of one of the greatest abuses of power in the story of our species, and a cautionary tale of towering moral significance…A magisterial work, written in an unflinching style that moves as much as it shocks, and that glistens with the teeming life and stinking putrefaction of doomed men and rotten ideals.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • “An epic portrait of this crime against humanity.”

    Washington Post

  • Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction
  • A 2003 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for History
  • A 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist for General Nonfiction
  • A 2003 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction

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About the Author

Anne Applebaum is a columnist for the Washington Post and Slate, covering US and international politics. She is also the director for politics at the Legatum Institute in London, and in 2012–2013 will hold the Phillipe Roman chair in History and International Affairs at the London School of Economics. Her book, Gulag: A History, won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction, as well as Britain’s Duff-Cooper Prize. Anne has had a special focus on Eastern Europe and Russia since 1989, when she covered the collapse of communism in Poland for the Economist magazine. She speaks both Russian and Polish, and lives part of the time in London and part in Warsaw. She met her husband, Radek Sikorski,when they drove to Berlin together to cover the fall of the Wall. He is currently the Polish Foreign Minister. They have two children.

About the Narrator

Laural Merlington is an audiobook narrator with over two hundred titles to her credit and a winner of multiple Earphones Awards. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She has performed and directed for thirty years in theaters throughout the country. In addition to her extensive theater and voice-over work, she teaches college in her home state of Michigan.