In 1934, a photograph was taken of a baseball team. These two rows of young men look like any group of American ballplayers, except perhaps for the Russian lettering on their jerseys. The players have left their homeland and the Great Depression in search of a better life in Stalinist Russia, but instead they will meet tragic and, until now, forgotten fates. Within four years, most of them will be arrested alongside untold numbers of other Americans. Some will be executed. Others will be sent to "corrective labor" camps where they will be worked to death. This book is the story of lives-the forsaken who died and those who survived.
Based on groundbreaking research, The Forsaken is the story of Americans whose dreams were shattered and lives lost in Stalinist Russia.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Table of Contents
1 The Joads of Russia 1
2 Baseball in Gorky Park 12
3 "Life Has Become More Joyful!" 23
4 "Fordizatsia" 30
5 "The Lindbergh of Russia" 38
6 "The Captured Americans" 48
7 "The Arrival of Spring" 61
8 The Terror, the Terror 78
9 Spetzrabota 93
10 "A Dispassionate Observer" 108
11 "Send Views of New York" 122
12 "Submission to Moscow" 135
13 Kolyma Znaczit Smert 148
14 The Soviet Gold Rush 160
15 "Our Selfless Labor Will Restore Us to the Family of Workers" 173
16 June 22, 1941 187
17 The American Brands of a Soviet Genocide 203
18 An American Vice President in the Heart of Darkness 215
19 "To See Cruelty and Burn Not" 228
20 "Release by the Green Procurator" 247
21 The Second Generation 258
22 Awakening 274
23 "Citizen of the United States of America, Allied Officer Dale" 286
24 Smert Stalina Spaset Rossiiu 303
25 Freedom and Deceit 317
26 The Truth at Last 336
27 "The Two Russias" 351
28 Thomas Sgovio Redux 360
What People are Saying About This
" The horror that was Stalinist Russia is still incomprehensible to many Americans . . . Reading this book is certain to open their eyes."
-Richard Pipes, The New York Sun
" Gripping and important . . . an extremely impressive book."
-Noel Malcolm, Telegraph (London)
" Tzouliadis's clear, strong narrative discloses the terrible fates which awaited those . . . who wandered into the Soviet sphere. . . . [A] grim, brilliantly told story."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Absoluting enlightening, brilliantly written account of a very important and tragic historic event that has conveniently been ignored. It should be required reading by everyone, particularly those who are sympathetic to communism. It is a lesson that cannot and should not be ignored as history has a way of repeating itself.
An amazing book, following real Americans through the tragedy in Stalin's USSR makes it way more personal and understandable. As hard as it is for us pampered Americans to understand the horror, this book makes you feel the fear and pain of the Americans trapped there. It makes you so angry and frustrated with the complicity or at least willing blindness of American officials. You will think about this book often after you read it. It enlightening, not only for that horrible time, but also how control of financial choices always has to lead to crack downs on freedom of speech, paranoia and cruelty.
This book was passed to me from a friend. He told me once you start reading this book you will not want to put it down. Excellent read and yes I could not put it down. I found myself engulfed in this American tragedy. But what makes it so staggering is how American officials simply dismissed what was happening. This book brings home the horror of a Stalin Russia and should be required reading for those who seem to forget, skip over or debunk the perils of communism.