Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 640 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 1.18 in
Published: August 13, 2013
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0771007647
ISBN - 13: 9780771007644
From the Publisher
In the long-awaited National Book Award--shortlisted follow-up
to her Pulitzer Prize--winning Gulag, acclaimed
journalist Anne Applebaum delivers a groundbreaking history of how
Communism took over Central Europe after WW II and transformed in
frightening fashion the individuals who came under its sway.
At the end of WW II, the Soviet Union, to its surprise and delight,
found itself in control of a huge swath of territory in Central
Europe. It set out to convert a dozen radically different countries
to a completely new political and moral system:
Communism. Iron Curtain describes how the
Communist regimes of Eastern Europe were created, and what daily
life was like once they were completed. Applebaum draws on newly
opened European archives and personal accounts translated for the
first time to portray in devastating detail millions of individuals
trying to adjust to a way of life that challenged their every
belief, rendered worthless their every qualification, and took away
everything they had accumulated. Today the Soviet Bloc is a lost
civilization, one whose cruelty, paranoia, bizarre morality and
strange aethestics Applebaum captures in the electrifying pages of
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.
She lives in Washington, D.C. and Poland, with her husband, Radek
Sikorski, a Polish politician, and their two children.
"Iron Curtain is a deeply researched and eloquent
description of events which took place not long ago and in places
not far away - events which contain many lessons for the present."
-Fareed Zakaria, author of The Post-American World
"An exceptionally important book which effectively challenges many
of the myths of the origins of the Cold War. It is wise,
perceptive, remarkably objective and brilliantly researched."
-Antony Beevor, author of Stalingrad and The Second
"Anne Applebaum conveys the impact of politics and ideology on
individual lives with extraordinary immediacy."
-Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana: Duchess of
Devonshire and A World on Fire: Britain''s Crucial Role in
the American Civil War