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Gulag: Life And Death Inside The Soviet Concentration Camps 1917-1990 (Anglais) Relié – 18 novembre 2004

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Sad time in our civilization. 23 novembre 2008
Par Willie B - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Gulag: Life and Death Inside the Soviet Concentration Camps

This is a pictoral book that defies description. It shows a very sad time in our civilization, man's inhumanity to man. It is a phenomenol reminder of a time no one should forget.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Photographic Book - But Keep Open Mind 14 mai 2013
Par KinoChelovek - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
The photographs and historical references in this oversize, heavy book are great. I have used this book for its photographs for several projects. The book covers many of the infamous camps of the GULag system, including Solovki (Islands), Kolyma, and Vorkuta. The book is divided into sections involving the history of each, along with historical and present-day photographs that give a glimpse into the horrors and eventual disintegration of the towns and camps themselves. There are also interviews by those who lived in the camps and surrounding areas who witnessed the horrors of the camps and the horrid conditions (man-made and natural) that were somewhat occluded during the GULag system's life.

My major problem with the book, and this should really be taken with any book on subjects with deep, emotional, long-existing ties (the Holocaust is an example) is that the historical writings often sway into emotions, and those emotions can obscure historical accuracy. Yes, the GULag camp system was horrid, but personal emotions often create strong biases leading to inaccuracies. Does this diminish this book. Yes, somewhat. After reading historical writings like Applebaum's "Gulag," I tend to try to find more objectivity in my readings. Kizny seems to be caught up in his emotions to give accuracy in the writings contained in this book, and there are instances in this book where the photographs do, too. If one reads Solzhenitsyn's "Gulag Archipelago," you will understand what I mean.

Kizny's photos in this book are often used online and in other books. Again, this book is an excellent source for historical photographs.

I give the book 4 1/2 of 5 (Amazon won't allow 1/2 stars) for the photographs and history. The 1/2 star less is for the emotional biases in the writings. Take the writings with a grain of salt.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A brutal reminder of horrible times 25 novembre 2008
Par James D. Crabtree - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
The Gulag system of slave labor camps is rarely brought up and never compared to the death camps run by the nazis. Yet millions lost their lives in them, and they were not just Russians either: Ukrainians, Latvians, Finns, Uzbeks, Armenians, Poles, Czechs, Germans, Spaniards and even some Americans wound up in the meat grinder that was the communist response to opposition, both real and imagined. Run by the secret police, photography was officially forbidden and yet the author of this book has managed to locate photos of select aspects of the Gulag, as well as current photos which show the results of forced labor.

This is a very haunting book but does not begin to touch the horror that was the Gulag system. The eyes of the lost look back at you, many of them guards and prison administrators before the system caught up with them as well.
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