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The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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Jan 03, 2012

it was amazing

A great piece of history as well as a fine piece of literary work, this mindblowing first-hand expose of the late, unlamented Soviet Union's crimes should be a must-read for every college student.

I dare say that this book should be read by every leftist who pretends to understand the world and knows the solution to its ills, real or alleged. Because unlike many from the left who pretend to espouse a mix of "nationalist" and leftist dogmas from the comfort of their homes or classrooms, Solzhenitsyn was a real patriot who fought the Germans during World War II. Despite such patriotic credentials, the Soviet totalitarian system still threw him into prison for daring to present a different worldview.

Another strength of this book is its readability. Though dealing with such heavy stuff as the incarceration and suffering of people held in the vast Soviet concentration camp system, Solzhenitsyn was able to portray them with a novel-like feel to it.

And the best thing: Solzhenitsyn was able to outlive the rotten system that persecuted him and drove him into prison and exile, to return with vindication to his homeland.
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Michael Gerald Thanks, Maryanne!

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