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Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956

Category: Book
By (author): Applebaum, Anne
Subject:  HISTORY / Europe / Russia & the Former Soviet Union
  HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Published: August 2013
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 640
Size: 7.93in x 5.17in x 1.30in
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From The Publisher*

In the long-awaited National Book Award--shortlisted follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize--winning Gulag, acclaimed journalist Anne Applebaum delivers a groundbreaking history of how Communism took over Central Europe after WW II and transformed in frightening fashion the individuals who came under its sway.
At the end of WW II, the Soviet Union, to its surprise and delight, found itself in control of a huge swath of territory in Central Europe. It set out to convert a dozen radically different countries to a completely new political and moral system: Communism. Iron Curtain describes how the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe were created, and what daily life was like once they were completed. Applebaum draws on newly opened European archives and personal accounts translated for the first time to portray in devastating detail millions of individuals trying to adjust to a way of life that challenged their every belief, rendered worthless their every qualification, and took away everything they had accumulated. Today the Soviet Bloc is a lost civilization, one whose cruelty, paranoia, bizarre morality and strange aethestics Applebaum captures in the electrifying pages of this book.

Review Quote*"Iron Curtain is a deeply researched and eloquent description of events which took place not long ago and in places not far away - events which contain many lessons for the present."
-Fareed Zakaria, author of The Post-American World

"An exceptionally important book which effectively challenges many of the myths of the origins of the Cold War. It is wise, perceptive, remarkably objective and brilliantly researched."
-Antony Beevor, author of Stalingrad and The Second World War

"Anne Applebaum conveys the impact of politics and ideology on individual lives with extraordinary immediacy."
-Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire and A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War
Biographical NoteANNE APPLEBAUM is a columnist for the Washington Post and Slate. Her previous book, Gulag, won the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction and was a finalist for three other major prizes. Her essays appear in the New York Review of Books. She lives in Washington, D.C. and Poland, with her husband, Radek Sikorski, a Polish politician, and their two children.