Iron Curtain

Iron Curtain

The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956

Book - 2012
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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 .
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2012.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780385515696
Characteristics: xxxvi, 566 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.


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Feb 09, 2014

Just one of the many human tragedies of mankind's history.
Very meaningful for someone who lived through those times, in those places. If you have friends who did, you will probably understand them better if you read this book. If none of the above, it would still be useful to learn something about those times, and this book is VERY READABLE.

Oct 03, 2013

Monumental and easily readable.

Mar 23, 2013

An enlightening account of how the Soviets transformed Eastern Europe in the decade after World War II. The focus is almost entirely on Poland, East Germany, and Hungary. It made me want to learn more about the region and its history; it also serves as a good case history of communist states.

Nov 13, 2012

This is a magnificent narrative history of the founding of the "Eastern Block". I might not agree with all of her analysis, but her facts and most of her insights are right on. I am a specialist in the languages of this area rather than its modern history, but I highly recommend anything Dr. Applebaum has written.


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