Red Famine: Stalin's War On Ukraine
  • Red Famine: Stalin's War On Ukraine
  • Red Famine: Stalin's War On Ukraine
ISBN: 0804170886
EAN13: 9780804170888
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 4, 2018
Pages: 608
Dimensions: 1.16" H x 8" L x 5.19" W
Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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From the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gulag and the National Book Award finalist Iron Curtain, a revelatory history of one of Stalin's greatest crimes--the consequences of which still resonate today

In 1929 Stalin launched his policy of agricultural collectivization--in effect a second Russian revolution--which forced millions of peasants off their land and onto collective farms. The result was a catastrophic famine, the most lethal in European history. At least five million people died between 1931 and 1933 in the USR. But instead of sending relief the Soviet state made use of the catastrophe to rid itself of a political problem. In Red Famine, Anne Applebaum argues that more than three million of those dead were Ukrainians who perished not because they were accidental victims of a bad policy but because the state deliberately set out to kill them.

Applebaum proves what has long been suspected: after a series of rebellions unsettled the province, Stalin set out to destroy the Ukrainian peasantry. The state sealed the republic's borders and seized all available food. Starvation set in rapidly, and people ate anything: grass, tree bark, dogs, corpses. In some cases, they killed one another for food. Devastating and definitive, Red Famine captures the horror of ordinary people Read More chevron_right

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   A fantastic account.
The history of the Kulaks was hidden or suppressed by the New York Times, when Stalin and his goon decided to liquidate them. The story needs to be told. It is great that Applebaum is providing this account in keeping with her previous works on the Gulag, as the bloodthirsty maw of Soviet Communism is getting a new revisionist treatment by the modern left. Applebaum is the best modern historian on the Soviet Union. The story had to be told. I'm glad she told it.
   Truth about perhaps the
Excellent, accurate and researched work. One that is applauded will be criticized by the discriminators.
   Informative but sad book.
I was enlightened about Stalin's atrocities. The book is almost a textbook and it was dry to read.
   Learned so much
The book is well written and detailed about the famines in the Ukranian. This is a heartbreaking account on the murder of millions of people by Stalin. This book taught me a lot.