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

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"According to this disturbing but fascinating history, the U.S.S.R.'s 1944 — 1950 subjugation of Eastern Europe was a brutal process. With other priorities in the forefront at Yalta and other wartime Allied summits, FDR gave Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe short shrift, according to Pulitzer Prize — winning author Applebaum (Gulag). In this account of the Soviet takeover of Eastern Europe during and after WWII, Applebaum concentrates on events in Poland, Hungary, and what became East Germany, all of which unroll with depressing sameness. The Soviet army arrived in 1944 — 1945 with enormous destruction. There followed an orgy of arrests, trials, executions, and deportation of 'fascists,' a broad category that included noncommunist anti-Nazi resistance groups. Expulsions of ethnic Germans was also carried out on a mass scale. Faithful Marxists, the Soviet leaders knew that the masses would prefer communism, so they initially allowed political parties, churches, newspapers, and even elections, assuming the people would naturally vote for a proletarian state. When that didn't happen, democracy was quickly shut down. Applebaum delivers a gripping if unremittingly painful account of the period during which Communists, astonished at losing every election, steadily suppressed civil society, whereupon darkness descended for 40 years. With precision in her narration and penetrating analysis, Applebaum has written another masterful account of the brutality of Soviet rule. Illus., maps. Agent: Georges Borchardt, Georges Borchardt Inc. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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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.

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paul alford, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by paul alford)
From the introduction to the very last page this was a fascinating read,it was written like a novel and at the same time you learn so much.It is obvious the author knows all the literature related to the subject,and has done extensive research on all the counties involved.Her writing makes you feel like you are there,and she strives to give as fair a story as possible.It is obvious how strongly she feels about this time period and how important era it was.
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Joel Corcoran, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Joel Corcoran)
I stumbled across this book while browsing for histories of the Soviet Union, and I've found it to be one of the best history books I've ever read. Period. Applebaum provides a comprehensive overview of how the Iron Curtain arose in the midst of post-WWII Europe, without being dry or disjointed. She's a pleasure to read, she takes time to tie disparate thoughts together into some sort of sensible framework, and presents a very thoughtful and descriptive overview of the events that started the Cold War. I'd recommend this book for anyone interested in the Soviet Era or modern European history in general.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385515696
Author:
Applebaum, Anne
Publisher:
Doubleday Books
Subject:
Europe - Eastern
Subject:
World History-Eastern Europe
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 PAGES OF PHOTOGRAPHS
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.3 x 1.6 in 2.2 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "According to this disturbing but fascinating history, the U.S.S.R.'s 1944 — 1950 subjugation of Eastern Europe was a brutal process. With other priorities in the forefront at Yalta and other wartime Allied summits, FDR gave Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe short shrift, according to Pulitzer Prize — winning author Applebaum (Gulag). In this account of the Soviet takeover of Eastern Europe during and after WWII, Applebaum concentrates on events in Poland, Hungary, and what became East Germany, all of which unroll with depressing sameness. The Soviet army arrived in 1944 — 1945 with enormous destruction. There followed an orgy of arrests, trials, executions, and deportation of 'fascists,' a broad category that included noncommunist anti-Nazi resistance groups. Expulsions of ethnic Germans was also carried out on a mass scale. Faithful Marxists, the Soviet leaders knew that the masses would prefer communism, so they initially allowed political parties, churches, newspapers, and even elections, assuming the people would naturally vote for a proletarian state. When that didn't happen, democracy was quickly shut down. Applebaum delivers a gripping if unremittingly painful account of the period during which Communists, astonished at losing every election, steadily suppressed civil society, whereupon darkness descended for 40 years. With precision in her narration and penetrating analysis, Applebaum has written another masterful account of the brutality of Soviet rule. Illus., maps. Agent: Georges Borchardt, Georges Borchardt Inc. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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