Gulag: A History by Anne Applebaum

"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 9590th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 18

Since this book was first published in 2003, there is a penalty of 46.4%. The age adjusted score is 9.65.

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