The Forsaken: An American Tragedy in Stalin's Russia

The Forsaken: An American Tragedy in Stalin's Russia

by Tim Tzouliadis


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A remarkable piece of forgotten history- the never-before-told story of Americans lured to Soviet Russia by the promise of jobs and better lives, only to meet tragic ends

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143115427
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/30/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 466,921
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Born in Athens, Timotheos Tzouladis was raised in England. A graduate of Oxford, he subsequently pursued a career as a documentary filmmaker and television journalist whose work has appeared on NBC and National Geographic television. He lives in London.

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

Acknowledgments 363

Notes 365

Bibliography 399

Index 417

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From the Publisher

" 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."
-Financial Times

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The Forsaken: An American Tragedy in Stalin's Russia 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
JCW10 More than 1 year ago
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.
AnnCT More than 1 year ago
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.
ChrisW76 More than 1 year ago
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.
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