About this book
The first major history in any language of the Soviet Gulag system. Based on a wide selection of Gulag memoirs and archives only recently made available. Uncovers the vast system of Soviet camps that were responsible for the deaths of countless millions. The hardback was a bestseller and this will receive widespread review and radio coverage. "It should become the standard history of one of the greatest evils of the 20th century" "Economist"
Reveals one of the greatest horrors of the 20th century: the system of Soviet camps that are responsible for the deaths of countless millions. This work presents history of the camp: from its origins under the tsars, to its colossal expansion under Stalin's reign of terror, its zenith in the late 1940s and eventual collapse in the era of glasnost.