Iron Curtain

Iron Curtain

[the Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956]

Downloadable Audiobook - 2012
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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.

At 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 Eastern 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 personal 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 .
Publisher: [Westminster. Md.] : Books on Tape, 2012
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780307938855
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file, 26 hr., 47 min.)
Additional Contributors: Campbell, Cassandra
Books on Tape, Inc


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Jun 02, 2018

Opened my eyes a bit on the period after WWII and before the wall came down. Can get a little long in the tooth in some parts, but that's just my take other readers might like the detail. Overall, important history that should not be forgotten.

Jan 28, 2018

This is a spectacularly researched, clearly written, and expertly narrated audiobook. I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in the details of history, rather than just the outline. The narrator, Cassandra Campbell, has a careful and nuanced performance that involves pronunciations of words, names, and places in Russian, Polish, Hungarian, German, Czech, and a handful of other languages that are either very accurate or passably convincing. (One counterexample is the pronunciation of ā€œgā€ in Magyar, which is really a ā€œdā€ sound produced at the mid-palate.) She has a very effective manner of changing her voice very subtly during quotations to distinguish them from the main text; in general, her narration is well-paced and measured.

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