New York: Doubleday, 2012.
First U. S. Edition. Hardcover.
First U. S. Edition, First Printing.
In this follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize-winning book Gulag, Anne Applebaum traces the history of Communism’s ascent in Eastern Europe after World War II and its transformation. After the war, the Soviet Union found itself in control of a large area in Eastern Europe and Stalin, with the help of his secret police, set out to convert a dozen radically different countries to Communism, a completely new political and moral system. Within a remarkably short period, Eastern Europe had become ruthlessly Stalinized. Applebaum describes how the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe were created and what daily life was like once they were complete. She draws on newly opened East European archives, interviews, and personal accounts which 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. Stalin’s successful takeover stands as a haunting reminder of the fragility of free societies.
6-1/4 x 9-1/2", black paper over boards, xxxvi, 566pp, 3 maps, notes, select bibliography, index, illus.
A bit of crimping to tail of spine, a bit of very faint staining to fore-edge of leaves, free of owner’s marks, square, crisp, near fine in dust wrapper and protective mylar.