Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956

Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956

by Anne Applebaum
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Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956 by Anne Applebaum

TIME Magazine's #1 Nonfiction Book of 2012
A New York Times Notable Book A Washington Post Top Ten Book of 2012
Best Nonfiction of 2012: The Wall Street Journal, The Plain Dealer
A Best Book of the Year: Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400095933
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/13/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 80,892
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.29(d)

About the Author

ANNE APPLEBAUM is a columnist for The Washington Post and Slate. Her previous book, Gulag, won the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction and was a finalist for three other major prizes. Her essays appear in The New York Review of Books, Slate, and The London Spectator. She lives in Washington, D.C., and Poland with her husband, Radek Sikorski, a Polish politician, and their two children.



Date of Birth:

July 25, 1964

Place of Birth:

Washington, D.C.


B.A., Yale University, 1986; M.Sc., London School of Economics, 1987; St. Antony¿s College, Oxford

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Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book held my attention the entire way through. The way that it was broken up enhanced how thorough the Soviet domination of Eastern European life was in the Stalinist Era.
rsdel03 More than 1 year ago
A well-research and well-written account of how the Soviet Union turned East Germany, Poland, and Hungary into satellite states in the decade after World War II. Accounts by people who lived these days enliven the account. A marvelous account of the changes to these societies--political, economic, cultural, and belief--during this period and the long-term consequences of these actions. A must read for anyone interested in the Cold War period.
CENY More than 1 year ago
Superb history of primarily Poland, East Germany and Hungary from 1944-1956, with some information about other Eastern Bloc countries during that period and until 1989, written in a very readable and engaging way. I visited Eastern Europe in 1990 and again in 1994, right after Communism, and the book didn't make out life there as nightmarish as it seemed to me (and as described by some people I met in Romania), but it seemed accurate; maybe I'm just desensitized to it after so many years.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book brings a tragic period of history to light. From the hope of peace and prosperity to the grinding reality of Soviet domination of Eastern Europe, the years immediately following WW II are brought to life by the author. As the drama unfolds one cannot help but wonder at what might have been had the Western powers not been so completely fooled by Stalin.
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Actually only about 550 pages as 150 pages of notes and bibliography. That should have been a giveaway.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
dull reading.