New York: Doubleday, 2017.
First U. S. Edition. Hardcover.
First U. S. Edition. One of six contemporary books recommended by the New York Times for context on Ukraine.
In 1929 Stalin launched a policy of agricultural collectivization--in effect a second Russian revolution--which forced millions of peasants off their land and onto collective farms. The result was a catastrophic famine, the most lethal in European history. At least five million people died between 1931 and 1933 in the USSR. But instead of sending relief the Soviet state made use of the catastrophe to rid itself of a political problem. In Red Famine, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Anne Applebaum argues that more than three million of those dead were Ukrainians who perished not because they were accidental victims of a bad policy but because the state deliberately set out to kill them. Devastating and definitive, Red Famine captures the horror of ordinary people struggling to survive extraordinary evil.
Applebaum's narrative recalls one of the worst crimes of the twentieth century and shows how it may foreshadow a new threat to the political order in the twenty-first.Item #901251
6-1/4 x 9-1/2", black paper over boards, xxx, 461pp, 4 maps, notes, select bibliography, index, illus.
Bump to head of spine with associated 1/8” tear, a few spots of faint staining to fore-edge of a few leaves, a bit of bumping to extreme bottom edge of front board, free of owner’s marks, square, crisp, near fine in dust wrapper and protective mylar.