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The Gulag Archipelago Paperback – January 30, 2003
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I'm writing this review so people will know they are buying the abridged version and not as an attempt to trash this masterwork. This is a great book! Because of this it should be read in its entirety.
Also, as an eBook there is no reason all 3 books could not be sold as one...after all, there is no weight to them.
The Gulag is a book that covers a long and horrifying period of Russian history, of enslavement and brutality, with astonishing mortality rates. Of those who did not perish, few retained any semblance of physical or mental health. The author is perhaps the only survivor with the intellectual strength and determination to remember and recount the horrors of that period. Throughout the book there is a sense that there is much, much more to tell, that the author is restraining himself from unleashing the full flood and overwhelming the reader. This book is not a relaxing read, it is heavy going but you will find yourself going back and re-reading passages, scarcely able to accept that humans are capable of such cruelty to their fellows, with no limit to their ability to dream up new and more imaginative forms of punishment. At the same time intense anger and frustration abounds; not directed towards the camp guards and administrators, but to all those who knew something, said nothing, condoned everything. Especially in the west, the free world, the land of the 'useful idiots' and the gullible.Read more ›
This book is like eating prehistorical salamanders (you will have to read the book to understand this reference).
A skillfully crafted true-to-life account of the penal system of the Stalinist regime. Awesome in the true sense of the word.
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People need to read this to understand that socialism is communism light, and leads to what happened in the Soviet Union. The book has been abridged so it's quite easy to read. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Hayley
I read this book many years ago, when the author's books (especially this one) were being discovered and promoted far and wide. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Fredrick Upchurch
Gruesome what communism did to these poor intillectual and scientific geniuses , but the reality we miss in American should be read by all.Published 4 months ago by Patrice Dale
This is Anti-communist propaganda. Nothing more, Solzhenitsyn, Conquest, etc., etc. are not historians they're fantasy writers. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Incredible book. Everyone should read it, although it's an exercise in tenacity.Published 9 months ago by Nahanni Nagle
This book is valuable history lesson regarding the horrors of communism, the soulless bureaucracy a state that sees slave labor as free labor produces, and the drastic steps people... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tamara Wilhite
I am in the middle of reading this. Had no idea of the vastness and extent of the soviet horror of gulags. Eyewitness account through author of his and others stories. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Richard
Oh man, this book is intense. You think you've got it hard with your job or relationship or life in the modern world? Read morePublished 17 months ago by Spencer in Seattle