Iron Curtain

The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956

Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Iron Curtain
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 sway.

Published: New York : Doubleday, c2012.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 0385515693
Branch Call Number: 947.0009 APP
Characteristics: xxxvi, 566 p., [24] p. of plates :,ill., maps ;,25 cm.


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Feb 09, 2014
  • semmi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Just one of the many human tragedies of mankind's history.
Very meaningful for someone who lived through those times, in those places. If you have friends who did, you will probably understand them better if you read this book. If none of the above, it would still be useful to learn something about those times, and this book is VERY READABLE.

Oct 03, 2013
  • deathbird rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Monumental and easily readable.

Mar 23, 2013
  • GummiGirl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An enlightening account of how the Soviets transformed Eastern Europe in the decade after World War II. The focus is almost entirely on Poland, East Germany, and Hungary. It made me want to learn more about the region and its history; it also serves as a good case history of communist states.

Nov 13, 2012

This is a magnificent narrative history of the founding of the "Eastern Block". I might not agree with all of her analysis, but her facts and most of her insights are right on. I am a specialist in the languages of this area rather than its modern history, but I highly recommend anything Dr. Applebaum has written.


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