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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,452 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Applebaum Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN:
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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 recreates 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 20th century.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 2/14/2014

    " This is a very important book. The Soviet state systematically used slave labor as a cornerstone of its economy. The mass arrests were, of course, based on nothing, but escalated to keep the labor camps staffed. We must remember this. This is why we fought the cold war. The soviets have become something of a joke, but in reality Stalin was much morse than Hitler, although it's difficult to rank evil once you get to the totalitarian excesses of the 30's and 40's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 2/13/2014

    " Not exactly an upper, but well-researched and even-handed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph Dangerfield | 2/10/2014

    " Excellent retelling of one of the most trying eras of history. A must read for anyone interested in Russian history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron the Pink Donut | 2/6/2014

    " Enthralling! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 2/3/2014

    " A monument to the thousands and millions of extraordinary human beings, many of them unknown and unremembered, who were crushed in subhuman conditions. the banality of evil, indeed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mykl | 2/1/2014

    " Recently had read memoirs and historically based fiction regarding Russia/Soviet Union/Gulags. This book is very well researched and provides historical analysis and detailed information. For myself the area in which I learned the most was the continuing role of the Gulags after the 1950's. Perhaps this book deserves five stars I think the difficult nature of the material influenced this review. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chip | 1/22/2014

    " Interesting and descriptive, but for most of the book overly dry and scholarly, and lacking in emotion. Worth reading, but at times it was a bit of a struggle to keep forging ahead - and given the horrific events at issue, it should have been more moving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 1/19/2014

    " Despite the paucity of individual human stories (at least, as compared to larger, more general history), there is hardly a tedious moment in this incredibly well-researched book. Spanning so many decades, it's also fantastic introduction into deeper reading on the USSR - Applebaum is so generous with context that readers (like myself) with little more than a cursory knowledge of the USSR's history and political philosophy can still read this book without struggling. An unusually complete, satisfying, readable work of history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dr. | 1/18/2014

    " This is an important book. A truly damning history that needed to be written in an accesible way for western readers. To this day the events surrounding the soviet Gulag are rather murky and extremely played down in the western view of the times. Nazi concentration camps and atrocities far overshadow these events, but they shouldn't. Everyone should read this book and learn the lessons that it has to teach no matter how hard they may be to swallow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua | 1/17/2014

    " Academic and dense, but can not imagine a better history of the Russian gulag system. Painful during parts that describe what the Russian people endured for such a lng time at the hands of their government. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rich Q | 1/3/2014

    " An absolutely outstanding contribution to the study of the soviet union. Brilliant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Jose | 12/22/2013

    " A hideously depressing, horrific book that will cause you to lose all faith in humankind "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elina Bravve | 12/12/2013

    " Very thorough research. Fascinating window into an ugly chapter of Soviet history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 12/11/2013

    " Rarely am I moved by a book like I was with this one. The fact that you THINK you know about the horrors of the subject matter makes it all the more hard hitting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keyra | 12/11/2013

    " This was an amazing book. Very detailed and disturbing to read. For people who are interested in details of the holocaust. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 11/5/2013

    " In-depth but very readable history of the Soviet gulags. I had thought I knew about the gulags, but I learned so much more about them and about Soviet culture from reading this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Namrirru | 8/13/2013

    " This book had me in tears so much that I had to sit it aside for a while and let the shadows pass. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eva | 6/1/2013

    " Finally.. Took me a long time to finish, but it was worth it. Exhausting history of gulags... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harald | 5/15/2013

    " Go read it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 5/7/2013

    " Exhaustive and fascinating study of the history of the Gulag. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Max Lindahl | 1/11/2013

    " A very thorough but yet comprehensive depiction of the Soviet labourcamps, from the beginning of the revolution to the fall of the Soviet empire. Some tragic stories, and some with more hope. Recommended if you want to learn more of the crimes commited in the name of communism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 B J | 11/20/2012

    " Groundbreaking, what I learned from Anne Applebaum's assessment of the Gulag system has impacted me more than any other Academic Monograph. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex Taylor | 10/15/2012

    " loved it Ill read it again anyday "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon Sawyer | 9/8/2012

    " Staggering - both in scope and in content. Turns out, what we didn't know was even worse than what we did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erich | 4/28/2012

    " Made me question ironic soviet chic fashion I have indulged in in the past. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 4/2/2012

    " Good intro to soviet history but not very deep....narrative not analytical "

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