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Eatures a new foreword by Anne ApplebaumThe greatest and most powerful single indictment of a political regime ever leveled in modern times George F KennanIt is impossible to name a book that had a greater effect on the political and moral This is a must read and should be reuired reading at the universities Young people need to understand that it is important to truly understand the ideologies that you latch on to as they have very real conseuences

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The Gulag Archipelago Volume 1: An Experiment in Literary Investigation

Consciousness of the late twentieth century David Remnick The New YorkerSolzhenitsyns masterpiece The Gulag Archipelagohelped create the world we live in today Anne Applebaum Pulitzer Prize winning author ofGulag A History from the foreword Already knew a lot of this history but Gulag is on Jordan Peterson s reading list so Gulag is not the story of Aleksandr Solzhenitsy nor is it a history book it is much than that The real value and I think a main reason its on JP s list is in the underlying message that this is not the story of Russia or the Russian people or Stalin or anyone but of everyone Every single one of us every day in ways big and small acts in ways that serve to bring forth either a better world or the hell of the Gulag Archipelago Be warned this is some very unpleasant reading No one wants to think of being imprisoned indefinitely in a cell too small even to sit or lie down in let alone in one with so many bedbugs they are falling off the ceiling and crawling from everywhere so many you cannot kill them all even if you could stomach the stench But it will be worth it to absorb the lesson that this is the cost and end result of lies Speak the truth At whatever cost If you want to know how high the cost of lies can be read the Gulag Archipelago

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BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF THE TH CENTURY TimeVolume of the gripping epic masterpiece Solzhenitsyn's chilling report of his arrest and interrogation which exposed to the world the vast bureaucracy of secret police that haunted Soviet society F A must read for those of us raised in comfort A reminder that life needn t be and through most of human history wasn t so comfortable It is a reminder of the dangers posed by Authoritarianism and a lesson that evil is not out there somewhere lurking in a foreign land but swirling amidst the good in the heart of every man The vagaries of fate and disposition can leave any man as either executor or executed or both at different timesA few uotesIf only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart During the life of any heart this line keeps changing place sometimes it is sueezed one way by exuberant evil and sometimes it shifts to allow enough space for good to flourish One and the same human being is at various ages under various circumstances a totally different human being At times he is close to being a devil at times to sainthood But his name doesn t change and to that name we ascribe the whole lot good and evil Socrates taught us Know thyself Confronted by the pit into which we are about to toss those who have done us harm we halt stricken dumb it is after all only because of the way things worked out that they were the executioners and we weren t Ideology that is what gives evildoing its long sought justification and gives the evildoer the necessary steadfastness and determination That is the social theory which helps to make his acts seem good instead of bad in his own and others eyes so that he won t hear reproaches and curses but will receive praise and honors That was how the agents of the Inuisition fortified their wills by invoking Christianity the conuerors of foreign lands by extolling the grandeur of their Motherland the colonizers by civilization the Nazis by race and the Jacobins early and late by euality brotherhood and the happiness of future generations Thanks to ideology the twentieth century was fated to experience evildoing on a scale calculated in the millions This cannot be denied nor passed over nor suppressed There is a simple truth which one can learn only through suffering in war not victories are blessed but defeats Governments need victories and the people need defeats Victory gives rise to the desire for victories But after a defeat it is freedom that men desire and usually attain A people needs defeat just as an individual needs suffering and misfortune they compel the deepening of the inner life and generate a spiritual upsurge


12 thoughts on “The Gulag Archipelago Volume 1: An Experiment in Literary Investigation

  1. says:

    Talk about an eye opening experience How did we not learn any of this in school Shame The imagery of the sewer system flushing the perceived worthlessness of life is a heartbreaking one I'm a third of the way through the book It's hard to read but entirely necessary

  2. says:

    I have not finished this book but saw a review that said there were no author's notes in this version of The Gulag ArchipelagoThis is not true This version the red covered Volume 1 of the Gulag Archipelago DOES have authors notes and lots of them However the abridged version which is by the same publisher and has a similar cover

  3. says:

    A must read for those of us raised in comfort A reminder that life needn't be and through most of human history wasn't so comfortable It is a reminder of the dangers posed by Authoritarianism and a lesson that evil is not out there somewhere lurking in a foreign land but swirling amidst the good in the heart of every man The vaga

  4. says:

    This is a must read and should be reuired reading at the universities Young people need to understand that it is important to truly understand the ideologies that you latch on to as they have very real conseuences

  5. says:

    Read this book It is one of the most powerful things ever written It acts as a history of Soviet Russia and a insightful depiction of Soviet the process of arrest in Soviet Russia This Volume of The Gulag Archipelago covers the proces

  6. says:

    One of the greatest tragedies in the history of mankind period The Soviets outdid Hitler and imprisoned and killed around 14 million of their own people It's mind boggling And it's true Sadly it's still happening on a much smaller scale but this system is still in use to this day Solzhenitsyn has done a wonderful job of collecting numerous prisoner accounts and turning them into a very readable series of literature des

  7. says:

    Already knew a lot of this history but Gulag is on Jordan Peterson's reading list so Gulag is not the story of Aleksandr Solzhenitsy nor is it a history book it is much than that The real value and I think a main reason its on JP's li

  8. says:

    Where to start The expose of the millennium which lays bare the brutality of the USSR A window into the human soul our ability to twist and contort our morality to do the most heinous acts but how in rare cases people do not lose t

  9. says:

    Tried to read this on the recommendation of Jordan Peterson but it was too heavy a read Make sure you're definitely interested in this genre o

  10. says:

    This one is going on my list of books everyone should read The extent to which Stalin's regime subjugated his people is unbelievable

  11. says:

    Not much to say about the book contents as the book series is obviously a brilliant classic that everyone ought to read but the print is good the covers are OK albeit a little flimsy but you get what you pay for so for the price completely sufficient in my opinion

  12. says:

    an important read for everyone to know what happened in soviet russia and a warning of what comes with communi9sm