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The Victims Return: Survivors of the Gulag after Stalin Paperback – Jun 19 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: I. B. Tauris; New edition (June 19 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780761376
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780761374
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.8 x 20.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #452,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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*[Stephen F. Cohen] helps us better understand Russia’s enigmatic present and better appreciate what to look for as it lurches into the future.* -- The New York Times

*A striking memoir ... Cohen engages fully - and personally - with the debate on the way [Russians] continue to grapple with their Stalinist legacy.* -- The New Yorker
*As Russia swings to the right under Vladimir Putin, a former KGB agent whom some compare to Stalin, Cohen does a good job of rattling the skeletons in its closet.* -- The Washington Post

About the Author

Stephen F. Cohen is a leading scholar of Soviet and post-Soviet Russia, a media commentator, and the author of several widely acclaimed books. He is a professor of Russian Studies and History at New York University and Emeritus Professor of Politics at Princeton, and was awarded the prestigious 2011 Liberty Award for his contribution to developing cultural ties between the US and Russia. His books include Bukharin and the Bolshevik Revolution: A Political Biography; Rethinking the Soviet Experience; Sovieticus; Failed Crusade: America; and the Tragedy of Post-Communist Russia and Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives. Cohen is married to Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, where he is a contributing editor.

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HASH(0xa2bfc894) out of 5 stars Not enough focus on the topic Oct. 14 2014
By M. Hyman - Published on
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I found this book a bit disappointing, especially compared to some other books by the author. The author is an eminent Sovietologist, and has spent much time in Russia. The premise of the book is fascinating: what happened to the survivors of the Gulag. To the extent that the book portrays the lives of a variety of Gulag survivors, with what it was like for them in and out of the Gulag, the book is quite good. It is a worthy and interesting topic. The problem with the book is that it spends too much time on the author's experiences with the survivors and less of the survivors experiences. I would have found the book significantly more interesting if the balance were opposite. More survivors, more survivor stories, more Gulag stories, and follow ups ... that would be great. But as it is written, it is too much about the author's life and experiences.
HASH(0xa2bfcae0) out of 5 stars An excellent short history March 14 2016
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For those who don’t know, Steven F. Cohen is one of the most respected modern historians of 20th century Russian history. This book is the product of his first hand research and interviews with those who suffered during the years the Soviets ran gulags.

The writing is superb as is the editing of the work. It is a true small history of the Sviet gulag system and explores the impact the prisons had on both the people and political landscape. The book poses some interesting questions about what to with the survivors of the gulag and the stigma that comes from having been a prisoner in one.

I found the book to be fascinating. This is an area I don’t have deep knowledge in and the book provided a comprehensive survey without making it difficult to understand. It also shows the stoic nature of the people who persevere against terrible odds. Many of them are scared for life both personally and professionally.

Interestingly enough, if you have heard an interview with the author of this book, you’ll soon realize his style is very similar to the way he presents himself in interviews. So much so that it was as the author was giving an extended classroom lecture that left the students on the edge of their seats.

I really don’t have anything to compare this book with. Normally, I like to suggest other books on a similar topic. In this case I need to read more before I can provide a solution to this.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2bfcaa4) out of 5 stars post-Stalin history Feb. 16 2015
By Ellen - Published on
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This is an interesting history about survivors of the gulag. It is also, in my opinion, an interesting history of Russia between Stalin's death in 1953 and the publication of the book in 1910-1912. I found myself more engrossed and reading more rapidly than I had expected.
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HASH(0xa2bfcf9c) out of 5 stars Results of oppression Aug. 28 2014
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The author outlines the tragic recoveries the Soviet prisoners had after the Stalin Gulags. However it is also pointed out the many monuments erected to the victims and other monuments are not to be found even for the survivors of American slavery or for other Soviet victims. Thus showing us that the Leaders of countries have selective remorse for their actions.

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