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.
©2007 Anne Applebaum (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I honestly tried, very hard, to appreciate this large chronological history of the Russian Gulag. However, the content always seemed disjointed and even irrelevant. It just dragged on and on and on. I could take no more and stopped shortly before the end of the first downloaded volume. I came to this history very receptive to the content, but was met by THIS instead of what could have been an interestingly presented chronological history replete with anecdotal commentary.
The narrator was brutally dry, and I felt she was pausing very imperceptibly before pronouncing the Russian vocabulary and placenames. It could be me, but the pattern entered my mind.
I'm a tight-wad, so this purchase was a total waste of money.
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I think that a less dramatic style of narration could have improved the overall quality of the book.
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