Iron Curtain : The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-56
by Anne Applebaum
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Chosen 16 times as a “Book of the Year” – the top of non-fiction choose 2012 “best book of modern history that I have ever read” A “.NWilson, TimesFinancialAt the end of the Second World War, the Soviet Union unexpected itself into the control of a large strip of territory in Eastern EuropeStalin and his secret police together convert a dozen radically different countries to a new policy and morality of the system: Communism.Anne Applebaum’s point of reference in the history of this brutal time, shows how societies were ruthlessly eviscerated by Communist regimes, how opposition was destroyed and what life was like for ordinary people, who had to make the choice of fighting, fleeing or collaborating.A staggering reminder of the fragility of freedom may be, Iron Curtain is an exceptional work of historical and moral judgment.ANNE APPLEBAUM is a historian and journalist, a regular columnist for the Washington Post and Ardoise, and author of several books, including Goulag: Une Histoire, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction in 2004.She is the Director of Political Studies at the Legatum Institute in London and divides her time between Great Britain and Poland, where her husband, Radek Sikorski, serves as Foreign Minister.The book of the yeara masterpiece “Oliver Kamm, Time, The Books of the Year” Exceptionally important, wise, insightful, remarkably objectively objective’ Antony Beevor “, explains in a way worthy of Arthur Koestler this totalitarianism really meansit is a window on a world of lies and evil that we can barely imagine’ Edward Lucas, from the point of view of At Last, the story can be told.a masterful story’ Orlando Figes, Mail on Sunday
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