Enemies Of The State

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Overview

Long before Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1962) shocked the Western world with its frightening description of a typical day in a forced-labor camp during the Stalin era, some readers in the West already knew of prison life in the Soviet Union, the Eastern bloc, and other Communist countries. A powerful genre of gulag literature had emerged in the late 1930s and developed throughout the cold war. Books by survivors revealed in graphic detail the systematic implementation of a totalitarian police state that induced terror in its citizens through torture, imprisonment in slave labor camps, and death. In Enemies of the State, Donald and Agnieszka Critchlow have selected excerpts from nine of the most widely read books from this gulag literature. The stories are riveting and inspiring. They are dramatic by their nature and illustrate humanity at its heroic best. But they have historical value too, because in addition to providing a ghastly record of Communist terror, they also explain why Western readers developed such deep mistrust of “peaceful coexistence” with any Communist nation. Memoirs from survivors of Communist prisons confirmed beliefs that the Communists could not be trusted. They told readers that Communist regimes operated through deception and denial, and that sympathetic visitors to the Soviet Union, China, North Vietnam, and Cuba were too often misled by the carefully staged performances of Communist officials. In short, gulag literature reinforced among American anti-Communists the idea of an apocalyptic struggle between communism and Western Christendom.
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Editorial Reviews

Conservativenet
This book provides shocking insight into the workings of communism and, therefore, into the Cold War itself.
Conservative Monitor
These stories should not only be read for the lessons they can teach us about socialism. They should be read because they are great literature, human drama, and an inspiration to everyone who will ever face adversity.
First Things
The stories told and retold here...make for painful but necessary reading.... What they have to say we must never forget.
John Earl Haynes
The Critchlows have rendered a signal service by providing attention, access, and background to this historically important literature.
New York Sun - Tim Marchman
These accounts by largely forgotten figures [offer] a strength in the face of the inversion of truth and rationality that is incomprehensible.
Journal of Cold War Studies - Paul Hollander
Powerful and revealing information about the human costs of the attempted applications of Marxism-Leninism…
Slavic and East European Journal - Karla Cruise
These memoirs pose important questions about the monolithic character of communist ideology.
Jonathan J. Bean
Critchlow contributes greatly to our understanding of American politics in the last half of the twentieth century.
The Russian Review
The narratives collected...exemplify...the abuses of human rights in Communist states and act...as landmarks in...history...
CONSERVATIVENET
This book provides shocking insight into the workings of communism and, therefore, into the Cold War itself.
THE RUSSIAN REVIEW
The narratives collected...exemplify...the abuses of human rights in Communist states and act...as landmarks in...history...
CONSERVATIVE MONITOR
These stories should not only be read for the lessons they can teach us about socialism. They should be read because they are great literature, human drama, and an inspiration to everyone who will ever face adversity.
TIM MARCHMAN
These accounts by largely forgotten figures [offer] a strength in the face of the inversion of truth and rationality that is incomprehensible.
NEW YORK SUN
JOHN EARL HAYNES
The Critchlows have rendered a signal service by providing attention, access, and background to this historically important literature.
First Things
The stories told and retold here...make for painful but necessary reading....What they have to say we must never forget.
Paul Hollander
...Powerful and revealing information about the human costs of the attempted applications of Marxism-Leninism...
— Journal of Cold War Studies
Conservative Monitor
These stories should not only be read for the lessons they can teach us about socialism. They should be read because they are great literature, human drama, and an inspiration to everyone who will ever face adversity.
KLIATT
This volume is a collection of "gulag" literature designed to provide the reader with a sample of the writings that began emerging in the late 1930s and influenced Cold War attitudes toward the Soviet Union, the Eastern bloc and other Communist countries. It includes ten authors: for example, Elinor Lipper, a Belgian Communist who moved to the Soviet Union to work for the betterment of society, and was arrested as a counterrevolutionary in 1937 and released in 1948; John H. Noble, an American interred by both Germany and the Soviet Union, whose writing includes much information on foreign prisoners; and Nicholas Prychodko, a Ukrainian arrested and imprisoned for 21 months, who testified before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Also included are Richard Wurmbrand, a Jew converted to Christianity who pastored a church in Bucharest, arrested for continuing to spread the gospel; Bela Szasz, a victim of the Hungarian purge against Titoists in 1948; Robert Loh, a young Chinese Communist who escaped the country after a valiant attempt to manage a factory under the new regime; Harold William Rigney, a Catholic priest arrested as an American spy in China in 1951 and systematically tortured; John Martino, an American political prisoner in Cuba; Doan Van Toai, a Saigon government official rounded up and sent to a North Vietnamese prison for 11 years under the guise of reeducation; and Nien Cheng, a casualty of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. A 12-page introduction describes the purpose for compiling such a volume. Each author's excerpt has its own introduction giving some of the highlights of that author's experience, historical setting and political influence. An excellent way toexpand the collection for social studies and history supplementation without having to buy complete works by these authors. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, Ivan R. Dee, 276p. index., Ages 15 to adult.
—Ann Hart
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566635219
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,116,416
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald T. Critchlow teaches American history at Saint Louis University. He has written and edited eleven books, including Intended Consequences: Birth Control, Abortion, and the Federal Government, and Studebaker: The Life and Death of an American Corporation. He lives in St. Louis. Agnieszka Critchlow teaches in the American Studies program at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.
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