Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine, 1921-1933
The momentous new book from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gulag and Iron Curtain.
In 1932-33, nearly four million Ukrainians died of starvation, having been deliberately deprived of food. It is one of the most devastating episodes in the history of the twentieth century. With unprecedented authority and detail, Red Famine investigates how this happened, who was resp...more
The absence of natural borders helps explain why Ukrainians failed, until the late twentieth century, to establish a sovereign Ukrainian state. By the late Middle Ages, there was a distinct Ukrainian language, with Slavic roots, related to but distinct from both Polish and Russian, much as Italian is related to but distinct from Spanish or French. Ukrainians had their own food, their own customs and local traditions, their own villains, her ...more
Ironically, it was the fertile soil and relatively mild climate of Ukraine, which led to ...more
While discussing Ukrai ...more
The Holodomor (Ukrainian: Голодомо́р); derived from морити голодом, "to kill by starvation"), also known as the Terror-Famine and Famine-Genocide in Ukraine, and—before the widespread use of the term "Holodomor", and sometimes currently—also referred to as the Great Famine, and The Ukrainian Genocide of 1932–33—was a man-made famine in Soviet Ukraine in 1932 and 1933 that killed an officially estimated 7 million to 10 million people. It was part of the wider Soviet famine of 1932–33, which a...more
As someone from a Polish family who before the Second World War lived in the Kresy (East Poland now in Ukraine) it has always surprised me how little of this war against Ukraine and her people is not widely known in the West. My Grandfather often used it as an example of how evil Stalin was in the way he allowed policy, to kill people and relieve him of a troublesome part of the country of its affluence.
As a child, he lived in Podwołoczyska, a border town on t ...more
This is an incredibly well written and documented narrative about one of the most tragic but hid ...more
Applebaum’s style is straightfo ...more
I had a two "good" history teachers in high school, Mr. Munsen and Mr. Ostlund. You know how you'll hear on the radio "American students can't find [insert country or physical geographical feature here] on a map"? Mr. Munsen World History I students could find every country on Earth. The book Lies My Teacher Told Me? I found out that Mr. Ostlund had filled in the ...more
I know very little about the Ukraine and the atrocities that were committed upon it and it’s people. I have vague memories from very generalised history lessons at school as a teenager. But now, after reading this account of events, I am aware of the depths people have ...more
The Soviet Union is no more. Its apologists are no more, we think.
But an equally diabolical regime in China has decided that millions of Muslims within its borders require “reeducation” and this same regime has:
1) Among the most sophisticated systems of electronic surveillance imaginable;
2) Access to personal information ...more
I could give this 4 or 5 stars, let's go with 5 because of how Applebaum arranged her material. She begins with a brief history of Ukraine and concludes with the strength of the Ukraine people. Everything in the middle is heartbreaking with the storytelling skill of a great ...more
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She is married to Radosław Sikorski, the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs. They have two children, Alexander and Tadeusz.