[Item #4818] Gulag: A History. Anne Applebaum.
Gulag: A History
Gulag: A History
Gulag: A History
Gulag: A History
Gulag: A History

Gulag: A History

New York, NY: Doubleday, 2003. First Edition, Second Printing. Hardcover. As the front flap of Anne Applebaum's (b. 1964) widely esteemed, exhaustively researched "Gulag: A History" appropriately notes, "The Gulag entered the world's historical consciousness in 1972 with the publication of Alexander Solzhenitsyn's epic oral history of the Soviet camps, 'The Gulag Archipelago' [TMB Item #4741]. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, dozens of memoirs and new studies covering aspects of that system have been published in Russia and the West. Using these new resources as well as her own original historical research, Anne Applebaum has now undertaken, for the first time, a fully documented history of the Soviet camp system, from its origins in the Russian revolution to its collapse in the era of glasnost. / ... / Applebaum first lays out the chronological history of the camps and the logic behind their creation, enlargement, and maintenance. The Gulag was first put in place in 1918 after the Russian Revolution. In 1929, Stalin personally decided to expand the camp system, both to use forced labor to accelerate Soviet industrialization and to exploit the natural resources of the country's barely habitable far northern regions." So reads an excerpt of the Bird's-Eye-View front flap of Anne Applebaum's meticulous, 675-page doorstopper, "Gulag: A History," -- a haunting-&-horrifying chronicle of the Gulag system as developed and implemented by (and in) the Soviet Union. Dedicated to "Those Who Described What Happened," a deeply moving epigraph was chosen by Applebaum to introduce the work. The epigraph is a memoir-excerpt attributed to the legendary Russian poet, Anna Akhmatova, which reads: "In the terrible years of the Yezhov terror I spent seventeen months waiting in line outside the prison in Leningrad. One day somebody in the crowd identified me. Standing behind me was a woman, with lips blue from the cold, who had, of course, never heard me called by my name before. Now she started out of the torpor common to us all and asked me in a whisper (everyone whispered there): / 'Can you describe this?' / And I said: 'I can.' / Then something like a smile passed fleetingly over what had once been her face..." Powerful. Also included are two pieces of ephemera, both containing relevant reviews-&-excerpts from the New York Times, both in direct or general reference to either Applebaum's book or the historical circumstances cataloged in its pages. A topflight historical examination, a virtual necessity for readers (and collectors) of history and geopolitics. [ISBN: 0-7679-0056-1]. Hardcover in unclipped dust-jacket; First Edition; Second Printing, as indicated by number sequence thereon. Book in fine condition with predominantly minute shelf-wear to fine-edges, excepting a somewhat more pronounced bump-indentation to topmost fine-edge of front cover. Dust-jacket in near fine condition with only moderate-to-pronounced shelf-wear, rubbing & minute creasing to select points along fine edges & front, back covers of same. Ephemera in essentially fine condition with only slight shelf-wear to fine-edges from being folded and placed into the book--where it remained, undisturbed, prior to its listing here. Fine / Near Fine. [Item #4818]

Price: $20.00

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