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Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956

Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956


Book Overview: Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956

In the much-anticipated 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. Iron Curtain describes how, spurred by Stalin and his secret police, the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe were created and what daily life was like once they were complete. Drawing on newly opened East European archives, interviews, and personal accounts translated for the first time, Applebaum portrays in chilling 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. As a result the Soviet Bloc became a lost civilization, one whose cruelty, paranoia, bizarre morality, and strange aesthetics Applebaum captures in these electrifying pages.

National Book Award Finalist
TIME Magazine's #1 Nonfiction Book of 2012
A New York Times Notable Book
A Washington Post Top Ten Book of 2012
Best Nonfiction of 2012: The Wall Street Journal, The Plain Dealer

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PublisherKnopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication Date2013-08-13
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Weight lbs
Anne Applebaum
Anne Applebaum is a distinguished journalist, historian, and renowned author who has made significant contributions to the discussions on international politics and history. An American and Polish citizen, she is distinguished for her meticulously researched historical accounts and her insightful discourse on current global matters. A Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Applebaum's works typically delve into the history of Central and Eastern Europe. Her most notable contributions include books like "Gulag: A History," which earned her the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction, and "Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956," demonstrating her profound understanding of the region's complex history. In addition to her extensive list of publications, she has also served as a columnist for The Washington Post, providing her expertise on contemporary global affairs. Applebaum’s work extends beyond writing, as she is a Professor of Practice at the London School of Economics, where she leads projects on 21st-century propaganda and disinformation. A highly respected thought leader, her unique ability to analyze history and link it to modern-day politics makes her an indispensable voice in today's international discourse.

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