E–pub [Iron Curtain The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944 1956] Í Anne Applebaum


  • Hardcover
  • 566
  • Iron Curtain The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944 1956
  • Anne Applebaum
  • English
  • 20 November 2018
  • 9780385515696

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Anne Applebaum ´ 4 characters characters ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Anne Applebaum review Iron Curtain The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944 1956 Al accounts translated for the first time to portray in devastating 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 Today the Soviet Bloc is a lost civilization one whose cruelty paranoia bizarre morality and strange aesthetics Applebaum captures in the electrifying pages of Iron Curtain. If Anne Applebaum had written Iron Curtain at the height of the revisionist 70s and 80s she d be dismissed as an acolyte of Richard Pipes After two decades of opened files in the former Soviet Union and Eastern European satellite states however we know that the traditionalist Western view of High Stalinism was or less correct Even giving post war socialist striving its due the Stalinist form of Central European consolidation was almost as depraved as the commie hunters of the 50s claimed The problem was not so much the brutality of late period Stalinism plenty of people died to be sure but only a shadow of the number during the famines and Great Terror of the 1930s The problem was the constant lying to self and others in trying to believe in the type of state that could never really exist under centrally planned socialism of the Stalinist variety Applebaum is at her best when she gives us the same kind of review of daily life under 1950s Eastern Europe Stalinism that Orlando Figes gave us in The Whisperers his excellent study of the USSR in the 1930s There is a direct sense of clinging to the false as a desperate attempt to find something to believe in after the utter devastation of society in World War 2 And the supporters of centralist Stalinism appear at their most devious not in crushing political opponents or in controlling the workplace but in their fervent desire to crush any type of civil society whatsoever even chess clubs and YMCA outlets This is why Stalinism was so similar to Falangist fascism All supporting the state nothing against the state nothing outside the state is one of the most depraved concepts of modern government developed in the past century The notion reaches its most absurd levels when Applebaum relays the lyrics to The Party is Always Right but of course there is no joke intended in this particular song Still the book can drag a bit in those cultural life reviews There are times in the critiues of modern art formalism and descriptions of Homo Sovieticus when the attention can wander In general however Applebaum is a great writer who makes her analyses come alive My bigger complaint is that the book cannot be comprehensive because it chooses to focus on Poland East Germany and Hungary It s understandable that Applebaum wanted to make her subject manageable Putting aside Yugoslavia may have been necessary because Tito was such a special case But Romania and Bulgaria are unknowns to many in the West and a better study of their cultural specifics would have been nice The bigger loss though is Czechoslovakia The brutal nature of the 1948 coup and the special circumstances leading up to the 1968 Czech Spring virtually demand a better coverage of that nation Other elements of the book seem hurried Applebaum spends plenty of time in the 18 months of displaced hell following World War 2 which is very worthy considering the paucity of research in that period But why breeze over the show trials of 1949 50 so uickly Why spend so little time looking into the bizarre role played by US citizen Noel Field A little balance in what was and was not covered would have made this a better book Still this is a decent analysis about a terrible time in history that is not studied carefully and seriously enough The holes in Applebaum s study might justify a seuel book to study the Southern European states of Romania Bulgaria and Yugoslavia

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Anne Applebaum ´ 4 characters characters ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Anne Applebaum review Iron Curtain The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944 1956 In the long awaited 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 swayAt the end of World War II the Soviet Union to its surprise and delight found itself in control of a huge swath of territory in Easte. Shortest ReviewRead Ashes and Diamonds instead Short ReviewThis is a book which in its final pages like a bad report or essay seeks to assert new ideas and with them the books own value and importance which were not in evidence in the bulk of the text during which The Simpsons provide the essential vocabulary of reader response with Meh and Duh depending on which blatantly obvious point the author highlights Longer ReviewMy overwhelming response to this book is don t bother Life we are told is short and its pace fast as a reader one can admit there is an argument that can be made that given the finite number of books that one will read one has good reason to be careful of what one chooses to read And I can see no way in which this book would make the cut view spoiler unless one found oneself marooned on an island with only one or two books available hide spoiler

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Anne Applebaum ´ 4 characters characters ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Anne Applebaum review Iron Curtain The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944 1956 Rn Europe Stalin and his secret police set out to convert a dozen radically different countries to Communism a completely new political and moral system In Iron Curtain Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Anne 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 person. A well researched book but ultimately a major disappointment The author is connected with the neoconservative Legatum Institute as well as high ranking elements in the Polish establishment so if you are looking for a balanced account of Europe behind the Iron Curtain you shouldn t look for it here Problems include a narrow focus that concentrates only on the immediate postwar period as well as just three countries East Germany Hungary and Poland a failure to acknowledge that barmy as the communist system in central Europe was its instigators weren t all cynical sociopaths like Stalin and that some of them were making an honest attempt to rectify society s ineualities a too cosy appraisal of the regimes opposing forces fine in the case of dissidents and intellectuals but not in the case of the highly conservative clergy nor the freemasons both are portrayed as angelic forces and not since Boycey in Only Fools and Horses have the latter received such rave reviews the shooting down of easy targets such as Soviet realist architecture has she ever been to Milton Keynes or Sarcelles societal malfunction should we regard Detroit or Kinshasa as typical of capitalism per se and the lack of freedom what about Guantanamo Bay little mention of the catastrophic shock therapy that followed on from the fall of the Berlin Wall outside the scope of the book perhaps but it needs mentioning to put things in perspectiveThe sub Hayekian hectoring uickly becomes tiring and one suspects that some gullible publisher was strong armed into releasing this as a trade book when what we need is an even handed view of the entire 40 years of Communism in the Soviet client states of Eastern Europe


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    E–pub [Iron Curtain The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944 1956] Í Anne Applebaum The best work of modern history I have ever read says A N Wilson on the cover The cover praise is gushing as we get masterpiece from Oliver Kamm and at last the story can be told by Orlando Figes I have to say that I have come out of this book extremely disappointed and for many reasons The best work of modern history is

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