Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum is an American journalist and historian, known for her books on communism and the development of civil society in Central and Eastern Europe. She has won several awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction.


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  1. 1. Gulag: A History

    "Gulag: A History" provides an in-depth historical account of the Soviet Union's forced labor camp system, known as the Gulag. The book explores the inception of these camps during the reign of Vladimir Lenin, their expansion under Joseph Stalin, and their eventual decline and closure. It also delves into the daily lives of the prisoners, their hardships, and the brutal conditions they endured. The book is based on a wealth of archival material, personal interviews, and memoirs, offering a comprehensive understanding of one of the darkest periods in human history.

    The 8071st Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Iron Curtain

    "Iron Curtain" is a compelling historical analysis that delves into the brutal tactics employed by the Soviet Union to establish communist regimes in Eastern Europe after World War II. The book meticulously examines how political parties, cultural institutions, and the media were manipulated and often violently coerced to suppress opposition and control public life. Through personal stories and detailed research, it explores the profound impact of totalitarianism on the lives of individuals and the social fabric of societies behind the Iron Curtain, highlighting the methods of oppression and the legacy of this dark period in European history.

    The 11055th Greatest Book of All Time