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Iron CurtainPposition was destroyed and what life was like for ordinary people who had to choose whether to fight to flee or to collaborate Iron Curtain is an exceptional work of historical and moral reckoning and a haunting reminder of how fragile freedom can be Chosen times as a 'Book of the Year' The top Non Fiction pick of 'The best work of modern history I have ever read' A N Wilson Financial Times 'The outstand. Exemplary book on a period of history a particular focus on the years immediately after WWII that often receives comparatively scant attention since there is almost a prevailing narrative of a simple transition from the chaos of WWII to a gradual formation of Communist Bloc until its dissolution with the fall of the Berlin wall and the subseuent economic liberalisation of the countries involved Yet this period of history is as horrifying fascinating tangled and every bit as complex as the events of WWII and the ideological indoctrination and terror of the Stalinist Soviet regime arguably as complete as that under Nazi GermanyThis is a meticulously researched book that is obviously the result of painstaking effort and care but perhaps most importantly it is a brilliant riveting and timely read in our current era that occasionally likes to delude itself dangerously into thinking we are somehow living in a post ideological world now immunised from the allure of toxic political regimes that purport simple solutions to complex problemsEngrossing thoroughly recommended

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At the end of the Second World War the Soviet Union unexpectedly found itself in control of a huge swathe of territory in Eastern Europe Stalin and his secret police set out to convert a dozen radically different countries to a completely new political and moral system Communism Anne Applebaum's landmark history of this brutal time shows how societies were ruthlessly eviscerated by Communist regimes how o. A forensic yet easy to read book about about one of the biggest issues and evils of the 20th century why has it taken this long for this book why is there such a dearth of books written about this

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Iron Curtain Free read í eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ☆ [BOOKS] ✪ Iron Curtain By Anne Applebaum – At the end of the Second World War the Soviet Union unexpectedly found itself in control of a huge swathe of territory in Eastern Europe Stalin and his secret police set out to convert a dozen radIng book of the yeara masterpiece' Oliver Kamm The Times Books of the Year 'Exceptionally important wise perceptive remarkably objective' Antony Beevor 'Explains in a manner worthy of Arthur Koestler what totalitarianism really meansit is a window into a world of lies and evil that we can hardly imagine' Edward Lucas Standpoint'At last the story can be tolda magisterial history' Orlando Figes Mail on Sund. Anne Applebaum has provided a full and complete study of the USSR's total subordination of an entire region over the period of a decade As such Applebaum has produced one of the most thorough and detailed histories this reader has yet read Rather than serving as a political chronology as many such studies today often are Applebaum has examined every aspect of political economic and cultural life wherein the Soviets asserted their influenceThe book begins with the definition of totalitarianism as originally coined by Mussolini as a system wherein everything is by and for the state and then proceeds to illustrate how the progenitor of Fascism's vision was implemented by his supposed ideological oppositesIron Curtain follows a chronological narrative beginning with the end of WWII and detailing the various conferences Yalta and Potsdam and how the so called agreements were never honoured From there a particularly harrowing account of Soviet occupation follows The second half of the book treats the cultural and civic takeover of communism in detail concluding with the failed uprisings in East Berlin in 1953 and importantly Hungary in 1956While the book offers a vivid account of the crushing of East Germany Poland and Hungary one feels that an account of perhaps Romania and Bulgaria could have been incorporated however Applebaum makes it clear in the introduction that the primary focus of the book would be those three countries and others would feature only in passingAs such Applebaum did not overstretch what is already a vast study and as a unified whole has few faultsOverall an indispensable work for anyone interested in 20th Century history international relations or Eastern Europe