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The forsaken : an American tragedy in Russia

Author: Tim Tzouliadis
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2008.
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"The Forsaken starts with a photograph of a baseball team. The year is 1934, the image black and white: two rows of young men, one standing, the other crouching with their arms around one another's shoulders. They are all somewhere in their late teens or twenties, at the peak of health. We know most, if not all, of their names: Arthur Abolin, Walter Preedin, Victor Herman, Eugene Peterson. They hail from ordinary  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Joseph Stalin; Joseph Stalin
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tim Tzouliadis
ISBN: 9781594201684 1594201684
OCLC Number: 754885244
Description: 436 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The Joads of Russia --
Baseball in Gorky Park --
Life has become more joyful! --
Fordizatsia --
The Lindbergh of Russia --
The captured Americans --
The arrival of spring --
The terror, the terror --
Spetzrabota --
A dispassionate observer --
Send views of New York --
Submission to Moscow --
Kolyma znaczit smert --
The Soviet gold rush --
Our selfless labour will restore us to the family of workers --
June 22nd, 1941 --
The American brands of a Soviet genocide --
An American vice-president in the heart of darkness --
To see cruelty and burn not --
Release by the green procurator --
The second generation --
Awakening --
Citizen of the United States of America, allied officer Dale --
Smert Stalina spaset Rossiiu --
Freedom and deceit --
The truth at last --
The two Russias --
Thomas sgovio redux.
Responsibility: Tim Tzouliadis.

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"The Forsaken starts with a photograph of a baseball team. The year is 1934, the image black and white: two rows of young men, one standing, the other crouching with their arms around one another's shoulders. They are all somewhere in their late teens or twenties, at the peak of health. We know most, if not all, of their names: Arthur Abolin, Walter Preedin, Victor Herman, Eugene Peterson. They hail from ordinary working families from across America - Detroit, Boston, New York, San Francisco. Waiting in the June sunshine, they look just like any other baseball team except, perhaps, for the Russian lettering on their uniforms." "These men and thousands of others, their wives, and their children made up possibly the least heralded migration in American history - not surprising since in a nation of immigrants few care to remember the ones who leave behind the dream. The exiles came from all walks of life. Within their ranks were communists, trade unionists, and radicals of the John Reed school, but most were just ordinary citizens not overly concerned with politics. What united them was the hope that drives all emigrants: the search for a better life. And to any of the millions of unemployed Americans during the Great Depression, even the harshest Moscow winter could sustain that promise." "Within four years of that June day in 1934 in Gorky Park, many of the young men in that photograph will be arrested, and along with them uncounted numbers of their countrymen. As foreign victims of Stalin's Terror, some will be executed immediately in basement cells or at execution grounds outside the main cities. Others will be sent to "corrective labor" camps, where they will be starved and worked to death, their bodies buried in the snowy wasteland. Two of the baseball players who survive and whose stories frame this remarkable work of history will be inordinately lucky. This book is the story of these men's lives - the forsaken who lived and those who died." "The result of years of research in American and Russian archives, The Forsaken is also the story of the world inside Russia at the time of the Terror: the glittering obliviousness of the U.S. embassy in Moscow, the duplicity of the Soviet government in its dealings with Roosevelt, and the terrible finality of the Gulag system. The Forsaken offers new understanding of timeless questions of guilt and innocence that continue to plague us today."--Jacket.

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