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Iron Curtain

The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956

By Anne Applebaum

Iron Curtain
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  • Hardcover: Oct 2012,
    608 pages.
    Paperback: Aug 2013,
    640 pages.

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This finalist for the 2012 National Book Award chronicles the spread of communism in three Eastern European countries shortly after the end of World War II

In Iron Curtain, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Applebaum provides an in-depth history and analysis of the Soviet Union's systematic takeover of Central Europe after the collapse of Hitler and his Nazi regime. The text covers the brief but remarkably important period from the USSR's WWII victories in 1944 to the failed Hungarian Revolution against Communist rule in 1956.

The author chooses to concentrate on the growth of Communism during these years in three specific Central European countries: East Germany, Poland and Hungary.

"I have chosen these three countries," she writes, "not because they were similar but because there were so very different...Above all, they had different experiences of the war. Germany had, of course, been the main aggressor and then the biggest loser. Poland had fought hard against German occupation and was one of the Allies, although it did not ...

Listen to an interview with Anne Applebaum about Iron Curtain on NPR's Fresh Air.

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