The Forsaken

The Forsaken

An American Tragedy in Stalin's Russia

Book - 2008
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The story of a little-known group of émigrés, Americans who went to Russia during the 1930s in the hope that the Communist promise of a better life was a reality--only to find xenophobia, paranoia and ultimately, in many cases, imprisonment or death in Stalin's Terror.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2008.
ISBN: 9781594201684
1594201684
Characteristics: 436 p. ; 25 cm.

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StarGladiator
Mar 15, 2013

How in creation can the commenter, echobravo below, segue from mass murdering Josef Stalin to populist leader Hugo Chavez (who gloriously battled against the oligarchs of that country, withstanding multiple assassination and coup attempts by the US government (the second time, they temporarily replaced President Chavez with the chairman of the Venezuelan Chamber of Commerce, for godsakes!!!) is an indicator of the depravity extant among today's thoroughly indoctrinated American consumers , and they most definitely aren't citizens) and Mao was the almost logically predictable result from the collective imperial onslaught China dealt with for so long -- blame the colonialists, consumer! Good book, though.

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echobravo
Mar 15, 2013

Excellent book as others wrote. I keep coming back to the idea of the survivors promising (themselves and others) to tell the story if they ever made it out alive - and me reading their testimony. Everyone should know this history as much as we learn about the Holocaust by the Nazis.

And perhaps moreso since Stalin's mass murder was mostly inflicted on his own people within his own borders - it didn't require a war of aggression. Is a tyrannical leader in your won country more dangerous than an invader?

It has always galled me to hear people even in 2012/2013 to speak favorably of Mao, our Lenin statue in Fremont, wailing at the death of Hugo Chavez - all fellow travelers of Stalin even if not as prolific in their murder and tyranny.

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bunnyhead
Dec 26, 2011

I would agree with Slavomir. This book is outstanding--although it was one of the most grim history books I've ever read. It's a fascinating story that kept me hooked all the way through, and it made me feel compassion for the Americans who, in their desperation to find work during the Great Depression, were fooled by propaganda with tragic results.

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