Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West

By Blaine Harden

The heartwrenching New York Times bestseller concerning the purely recognized individual born within a North Korean felony camp to have escaped

North Korea’s political legal camps have existed two times so long as Stalin’s Soviet gulags and twelve instances so long as the Nazi focus camps. not anyone born and raised in those camps is understood to have escaped. not anyone, that's, other than Shin Dong-hyuk.

In Escape From Camp 14, Blaine Harden unlocks the secrets and techniques of the world’s so much repressive totalitarian kingdom throughout the tale of Shin’s stunning imprisonment and his magnificent getaway. Shin knew not anything of civilized existence—he observed his mom as a competitor for nutrients, guards raised him to be a snitch, and he witnessed the execution of his mom and brother.

The overdue “Dear chief” Kim Jong Il used to be well-known during the international, yet his nation continues to be sealed as his 3rd son and selected inheritor, Kim Jong Eun, consolidates energy. Few foreigners are allowed in, and few North Koreans may be able to go away. North Korea is hungry, bankrupt, and armed with nuclear guns. it's also a human rights disaster. among 150,000 and 200,000 humans paintings as slaves in its political criminal camps. those camps are sincerely obvious in satellite tv for pc pictures, but North Korea’s govt denies they exist.

Harden’s harrowing narrative exposes this hidden dystopia, concentrating on a rare younger guy who got here of age contained in the optimum protection criminal within the optimum safeguard kingdom. Escape from Camp 14 deals an unrivaled within account of 1 of the world’s darkest international locations. it's a story of persistence and braveness, survival and hope.

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Red Plenty

By Francis Spufford

"Spufford cunningly maps out a literary style of his personal . . . Freewheeling and fabulous." ―The instances (London)

Strange because it could appear, the grey, oppressive USSR was once based on a fairy story. It used to be equipped at the twentieth-century magic referred to as "the deliberate economy," which was once going to gush forth an abundance of fine issues that the lands of capitalism might by no means fit. And only for a short while, within the heady years of the past due Fifties, the magic operating. Red lots is approximately that second in historical past, and the way it got here, and the way it went away; concerning the short period whilst, below the rash management of Khrushchev, the Soviet Union regarded ahead to a way forward for wealthy communists and resentful capitalists, whilst Moscow might out-glitter big apple and each Lada will be greater engineered than a Porsche. it is in regards to the scientists who did their certainly significant most sensible to make the dream come precise, to offer the tyranny its chuffed finishing.

Red lots is background, it truly is fiction, it is as bold as Sputnik, as uncompromising as an Aeroflot flight attendant, and as various from what you have been anticipating as a tumbler of Soviet champagne.

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Boundaries of Utopia - Imagining Communism from Plato to Stalin (Routledge Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe Series)

The concept that socialism may be proven in one state used to be followed as an reputable doctrine by means of the Soviet Union in 1925, Stalin and Bukharin being the most formulators of the coverage. ahead of this there have been a lot debate to whether the single strategy to safe socialism will be due to socialist revolution on a much wider scale, throughout all Europe or wider nonetheless. This e-book strains the advance of rules approximately communist utopia from Plato onwards, paying specific recognition to debates approximately universalist ideology as opposed to the prospect for "socialism in a single country". The e-book argues that even if the present view is that "socialism in a single nation" used to be a pointy holiday from an extended culture that tended to view socialism as in simple terms attainable if common, in truth the territorially constrained socialist undertaking had lengthy roots, together with within the writings of Marx and Engels.

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Communism: A Very Short Introduction

By Leslie Holmes

If now in decline because the tumultuous occasions of 1989, communism used to be absolutely the good political flow of the 20 th century--at its height, greater than a 3rd of the world's inhabitants lived below communist rule--and it truly is nonetheless a robust strength in lots of parts of the realm, such a lot particularly within the People's Republic of China. what's communism? the place did the assumption come from and what attracted humans to it? Is there a destiny for communism? This Very brief Introduction considers those questions and extra within the seek to discover and comprehend this arguable political strength. Explaining the speculation at the back of its ideology, and analyzing the historical past and approach at the back of its political, financial and social constructions, Leslie Holmes considers the evolution of communism from Marx's time, to its perform within the Bolshevik Revolution, to its cave in in 1989-91. Holmes highlights the internal dynamics, crises, and death of communism as a world approach, and introduces the foremost gamers within the communist global, together with Marx, Lenin, Stalin, and Mao.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and elegance, Very brief Introductions supply an advent to a few of life's finest issues. Written through specialists for the newcomer, they display the best modern considering the relevant difficulties and concerns in countless numbers of key issues, from philosophy to Freud, quantum idea to Islam.

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From Stalinism to Eurocommunism: The Bitter Fruits of 'Socialism in One Country'

By Ernest Mandel

Ernest Mandel's e-book is a learn of Eurocommunism in contrast to the other. Written within the polemical culture of Trotsky, its sweep extends well past the rapid clients of the Communist events of Western Europe. Mandel strains the lengthy ancient method which has remodeled the as soon as embattled detachments of the 3rd overseas into the constitutionalist formations of "historic compromise" and "union of the people" at the present time. He then is going directly to argue that the nationwide roads to socialism of up to date Eurocommunism are the "bitter culmination of socialism in a single country" within the USSR.

Mandel's e-book includes trenchant and documented criticisms of the information of Santiago Carrillo in Spain, the commercial regulations of the PCI in Italy, and the PCF's theories of the kingdom in France. however it additionally units those Western advancements within the context of eu politics as a whole-discussing the Russian reaction to Carrillo, the organizational attitudes of the CPSU to the Western events, and the emergence of significant dissident currents in jap Germany sympathetic to Eurocommunism.

From Stalinism to Eurocommunism represents the 1st systematic and finished critique from the Marxist Left of the recent technique of Western Communism. it may be learn as a barometer of the storms forward within the ecu labour movement.

From the exchange Paperback edition.

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I Curse the River of Time: A Novel

By Per Petterson

A NEW YORK instances publication REVIEW awesome booklet OF THE YEAR

It's 1989 and "three huge occasions wire round each other in Arvid Jansen's penumbral soul. His fifteen-year marriage is dissolving, his mom is demise of melanoma, and the Berlin Wall is tumbling down. The parallels are obviousworlds are finishing, internally and externallybut the analogies Petterson attracts between those dramatic endings are not....I Curse the River of Time is a bit just like the starker reaches of the West, a bit just like the stonier shorelines of Maine, a bit like Edward Hopper, a bit like Raymond Carver....There is a high quality that i will be able to merely name attraction, or whatever like appeal, to Petterson's primarily darkish and lonely sensibility....It exerts a gravitational pull at the reader" (Stacey D'Erasmo, The ny occasions booklet Review).

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Trotsky for Beginners

By Tariq Ali, Phil Evans

This article follows the increase and fall of Trotsky. Orator, army tactitian, historian and a cultural theorist, Trotsky used to be eventually introduced down by means of internal party-functionalism, exiled after which achieved via Stalin. He famous that the Stalinist procedure in Russia was once purely a transitional kingdom that can both circulate in the direction of Socialism or revert to Capitalism. this article presents an advent to Trotsky and his ideals.

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Red Scare: FBI and the Origins of Anticommunism in the United States, 1919-1943

By Regin Schmidt

The anticommunist campaign of the FBI and its mythical director J. Edgar Hoover in the course of the McCarthy period and the chilly struggle has attracted a lot cognizance from historians, yet little is understood in regards to the Bureau's political actions in the course of its adolescence. This booklet breaks new floor through tracing the roots of the FBI's political surveillance to the involvement of the Bureau's predecessor, the Bureau of research (BI) within the nation's first interval of communist-hunting, the "Red Scare" after global battle I. The publication relies at the first systematic and accomplished use of the early BI documents from 1908 to 1922, that have simply survived on difficult-to-read microfilms deposited within the nationwide documents, in addition to quite a few collections of non-public papers. The FBI's political surveillance used to be an built-in a part of the test by way of the fashionable federal country, to control and regulate any prepared competition to the political, monetary and social order, comparable to prepared exertions, radical pursuits and African-American protest. The designated reconstruction of the BI's position within the pink Scare in the course of 1919-1920 express that federal intelligence officers performed an important position in starting up the anticommunist hysteria within the usa. even supposing the employees used to be small, the BI was once in a position to dramatically impact nationwide occasions via a number of equipment together with utilizing Congressional committees to unfold its message.

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