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The Gulag--a vast array of Soviet concentration camps that held
millions of political and criminal prisoners--was a system of
repression and punishment that terrorized the entire society,
embodying the worst tendencies of Soviet communism. In this
magisterial and acclaimed history, Anne Applebaum offers the first
fully documented portrait of the Gulag, from its origins in the
Russian Revolution, through its expansion under Stalin, to its
collapse in the era of glasnost. Applebaum intimately re-creates
what life was like in the camps and links them to the larger
history of the Soviet Union. Immediately recognized as a landmark
and long-overdue work of scholarship, Gulag is an
essential book for anyone who wishes to understand the history of
the twentieth century.