The Unquiet Ghost: Russians Remember Stalin

The Unquiet Ghost Russians Remember Stalin Although some twenty million people died during Stalin s reign of terror only with the advent of glasnost did Russians begin to confront their memories of that time In Adam Hochschild spent nea
  • Title: The Unquiet Ghost: Russians Remember Stalin
  • Author: Adam Hochschild
  • ISBN: 9780618257478
  • Page: 272
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  • The Unquiet Ghost: Russians Remember Stalin
    Although some twenty million people died during Stalin s reign of terror, only with the advent of glasnost did Russians begin to confront their memories of that time In 1991, Adam Hochschild spent nearly six months in Russia talking to gulag survivors, retired concentration camp guards, and countless others The result is a riveting evocation of a country still haunted byAlthough some twenty million people died during Stalin s reign of terror, only with the advent of glasnost did Russians begin to confront their memories of that time In 1991, Adam Hochschild spent nearly six months in Russia talking to gulag survivors, retired concentration camp guards, and countless others The result is a riveting evocation of a country still haunted by the ghost of Stalin.
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    The Unquiet Ghost Russians Remember Stalin Hochschild Nearly years after its publication, The Unquiet Ghost remains a vital, fascinating and deeply human look into the aftermath of the Great Purges of the s. Unquiet Ghosts A Novel Meade Jul , Unquiet Ghosts A Novel Hardcover July , by Glenn Meade Author Visit s Glenn Meade Page Find all the books, read about the author, and See search results for this author Are you an author Learn about Author Central Glenn Meade Author . The Unquiet Ghost Russians Remember Stalin by Adam Hochschild An Unquiet Ghost is a bit dated, but still quite fascinating The author is well known for some other excellent books, King Leopold s Ghost , Bury The Chains , and another about resisters to THE UNQUIET GHOST Kirkus Reviews Mar , the unquiet ghost RUSSIANS REMEMBER STALIN by Adam Hochschild RELEASE DATE March , The Unquiet Ghost Russians Remember Stalin Jun , The Unquiet Ghost Russians Remember Stalin Kindle edition by Hochschild, Adam Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading The Unquiet Ghost Russians Remember Stalin. The Unquiet Ghost Russians Remember Stalin Edition by Feb , King Leopold s Ghost was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as was To End All Wars His Bury the Chains was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and PEN USA Literary Award He lives in Berkeley, California. The Unquiet Ghost Russians Remember Stalin Adam Feb , THE UNQUIET GHOST Russians Remember Stalin Although million people died during Stalin s two decade reign of terror, Russians have Unquiet Ghosts by Glenn Meade Unquiet Ghosts is a complex tale of chilling secrets, conspiracies and intrigue, a multifaceted mystery rooted in real life events so intense the pages almost turn themselves The fast paced story begins with rich, influential and enigmatic Chad Benton s visit to the empty gravesite Why THE UNQUIET GHOST Russians Remember Stalin, By The answer is to be found in the absorbing pages of The Unquiet Ghost in the narrow window of time available to the Stalinist reign of terror From previous visits he knew that for at least three Customer reviews The Unquiet Ghost Russians Nearly years after its publication, The Unquiet Ghost remains a vital, fascinating and deeply human look into the aftermath of the Great Purges of the s.

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    Hochschild was born in New York City As a college student, he spent a summer working on an anti government newspaper in South Africa and subsequently worked briefly as a civil rights worker in Mississippi in 1964 Both were politically pivotal experiences about which he would later write in his book Finding the Trapdoor He later was part of the movement against the Vietnam War, and, after several years as a daily newspaper reporter, worked as a writer and editor for the leftwing Ramparts magazine In the mid 1970s, he was one of the co founders of Mother Jones.Hochschild s first book was a memoir, Half the Way Home a Memoir of Father and Son 1986 , in which he described the difficult relationship he had with his father His later books include The Mirror at Midnight a South African Journey 1990 new edition, 2007 , The Unquiet Ghost Russians Remember Stalin 1994 new edition, 2003 , Finding the Trapdoor Essays, Portraits, Travels 1997 , which collects his personal essays and reportage, and King Leopold s Ghost A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa 1998 new edition, 2006 , a history of the conquest and colonization of the Congo by Belgium s King L opold II His Bury the Chains Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire s Slaves, published in 2005, is about the antislavery movement in the British Empire.Hochschild has also written for The New Yorker, Harper s Magazine, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, and The Nation He was also a commentator on National Public Radio s All Things Considered Hochschild s books have been translated into twelve languages.A frequent lecturer at Harvard s annual Nieman Narrative Journalism Conference and similar venues, Hochschild lives in San Francisco and teaches writing at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley He is married to sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild.Taken from enpedia wiki Adam_Hoc


  • This is not my usual genre of books to read After reading the fabulous epic The Bronze Horseman trilogy, I wanted to read about Stalin era Russia.This is a great book During Stalin s reign of terror 1924 1953 , he was responsible for the mass murder of 20 million of his own citizens, either by execution or by working them to death as slaves in his many gulags forced labor prisons Not until almost 40 years after Stalin s death and the end of the Cold War 1989 , did The Great Silence about what S [...]

  • i enjoyed this book so much, because it didn t just explore the horrid things that had occured during the Stalin years though there was enough of that to get a REALLY clear idea of what had happened but it also explores the years immediately after the years before glasnost if Stalin s great purge was Russia s apocalypse, the post apocalypse was the great silence that followed it AND i really like the study Hochschild makes of the phenomenon and his reluctance to blame, as if he wrote it hoping w [...]

  • Adam Hochschild s writing abilities are unsurpassed The manner in which he handles this sensitive topic is well researched, informative, interesting and respectful Hochschild hasn t found it necessary to embellish on the terribly sad stories he has been told and as such you get a very clear picture of how Russians remember Stalin, the great purge and the times and silences surrounding the life and death of this dictator Even after speaking to people who worked as guards, or relatives of guards, [...]

  • This book, copyrighted in 1994, is a kind of political travelogue Its objective, shortly after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, was to take advantage of the thawing of the flow of information in those days Specifically, the author took his family to live in Russia and while there, he examined the effect of Stalin s policies on the Russian people, including everyone from gulag prisoners to guards to those who remained neither If is fairly well written, but its greatest virtue is its anecdotes [...]

  • A tough book to read, not because it isn t good its as good as Hochschild s others but because the story isn t over There is a sense of beginning and end with WWI and even the Congo atrocities clearly the events affect today, but they are generally considered part of the past The Purge lives on in survivors, in the education system, in pretty much every part of Russian life Hochschild could not be a detached observer, telling a story and providing analysis the open wounds were everywhere, perhap [...]

  • Books that arise from oral history are often riveting, and since this one covers one of the most riveting and dramatic periods in world history, it is engrossing The stories that the author tells have the ring of truth about them, featuring unexpected twists, unlikely victims, even unlikely survivors, and double reverse endings More than one story left me with moist eyes, covering the breadth and depth of emotions and ambitions that make up a life The author is a fine writer with good, straight [...]

  • Adam Hochschild spent 6 months in Russia in 1991 and interviewed Russians who were grappling with their memories of the Stalin Era He was lucky to visit Russia at a very opportune moment Former gulag camps were available to visitors, plenty of people who lived in the Stalin era were still alive, and mass graves had recently been opened Through his talks with perpetrators and surviving victims, Hochschild explores the extent to which Stalin s legacy still casts a shadow over Russia His book is or [...]

  • The great Soviet gulag system, its victims and its enforcers were the same people, of the same belief, which is what makes this book so riveting Adam has tackled the complex and deeply moving set of events as a travelogue, giving a deep insight in to the Russian phycology Adam juxtaposes real stories with numbers of killed and killed with great effect His analogy of the Russian denial and our own present day denial with the looming environmental fiasco are most potent How should the Russians dea [...]

  • I found this book thought provoking and I liked that the author set out to answer specific questions, such as where do you draw the line between persecutor and persecuted, and how can power and atrocity, on such large scale like this, evolve in the first place I learned a lot and I think the book contains important lessons for the future.

  • A must read for anyone interested in social political tragedies and the human dynamics that generate neighbourly betrayal, mass atrocities, and other social horrors Not a light hearted read, but a very important one.

  • Though it could be a bit dry at times, I learned quite a bit about this period of history of which I previously knew nothing.

  • Great book by a great writer The author s interviews with gulag inhabitants make this history book very personal.

  • In 1991, Hochschild went to Russia for 6 months to interview people about their memories and current views about Stalin and the Stalin period in Russian history He speaks Russian so was not dependent on an interpreter, and I consider this a very important factor in the success of his project Hochschild interviews a wide range of people only a very few are survivors of the Great Purge years, but there are others who were in the Gulag in the 1950 s and the children of victims and survivors He also [...]

  • I ask myself, Emmett, what is the biggest problem or dilemma that you have faced in your brief life I ponder that, then say, Well, Emmett, I m not too sure You see, nothing sticks right out, but undoubtedly it is safe to say that whatever my biggest problem was is, it is likely something tangible As in there is something that I want, some sort of THING It is something that I want or wanted added to my life Added, you know, as opposed to being taken away To my knowledge there is no outside force [...]

  • An Unquiet Ghost is a bit dated, but still quite fascinating The author is well known for some other excellent books, King Leopold s Ghost, Bury The Chains, and another about resisters to WWI that I don t remember One interesting thing is that these interests that develop into further books show their heads a little bit here in one of his first books And his writing and storytelling is as good in this book as in his others, dealing with very grim material, but material that can get to the core o [...]

  • The premise of the book is very good But, the author seems a tad biased He compares conservatives who deny the problem of pollution to those in the Soviet Union, that believed the great terror was constructive or necessary His closest parallels to the type of people that believed in Stalin as a man of genius are John Bircher s and Mormons And on and on for over two hundred pages our collectivist, progressive seems to try to excuse the actions of Stalin, by saying the witch burners and McCarthy w [...]

  • Absolutely worth the read This is memoir style than investigative research, but knowing that going in makes it a very enjoyable piece Hochschild definitely doesn t disappoint in his writing having read King Leopold s Ghost first, The Unquiet Ghost is definitely a personal work, written in first person, not an expos but a careful probing into a hugely interesting subject as Hochschild asks throughout the book, were Soviet era Russians executioners or victims Is it possible to be both In a cultu [...]

  • Very interesting look at the crumbling Soviet Union and the legacy of the Stalin period near inhospitable and lethal labour camps and secret massacres involving the sort of secret police that would put the chill even into the Gestapo, Hochschild paints a bleak image of the pre Federation years As the author discovers, the men behind the massacres were often very close to human, and not the sort of bogeymen we d normally associate with such acts We, throught Hochschild, meet the children of NKVD [...]

  • Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as An important contribution to our awareness of the former Soviet Union s harrowing past and unsettling present Adam Hochschild is a wonderful storyteller who captured my interest immediately This book was assigned reading for my Key Individuals in History Stalin class It is an easy read and I highly recommend it The truth about Stalin is just beginning to emerge and due to the fear that still exsists in Russia today, we may never fully understand the terror crea [...]

  • An older book I somehow forgot to read when my wife gave it to me 10 years ago It is about Russia as the Soviet Union was dissolving, looking at the painful legacy of the Stalin years It is was intended as something of a current events book, and much of the detail is severely outdated But it is a fascinating read because of the author s prescient observations about how Russia s personality, and the hideous, unhealed wounds from Stalin, could derail the emerging democratic Russia His predictions [...]

  • It is interesting to read a book that accounts the events of the past through the prospectives of the people that lived them You begin to ponder on your prospectives influence of how you view these events and how only through generations will the events be lost We try to remember through the teaching of history but the cultural impact of historical events are lost as new generations grow old People remember and are influenced to view the events by how they were impacted The best line from the bo [...]

  • When I reviewed Mr Hochschild s ealier book King Leopold s Ghost I found it wonderfully researched and written, and I couldn t put it down, nor could I forget it I believe he has done it again There are many reviewers here who have done a terrific job of describing this book in detail.However,what I find fascinating about Mr Hochschild s writing is his ability to, in the main, allow the reader to make his own judgments about these horrifying subjects I appreciate that opportunity too many writer [...]

  • i remember only one thing about this book, which made me keep searching for it decades after, now the internet s here i might finally reread it there is only one group of people who rebel that he finds, a group of children who get together to discuss things and start questioning everything and ran every risk and followed what they thought through to the end I wanted to reread that bit, to learn how do you question How do you dare

  • What I got out of the book is the frightening realization that as a human being I am capable of doing horrible things and at the same time I am capable of doing amazing things If I was living in Russia at this time in these places I could have very easily been either a prison guard or a prisoner It is a very thin line and I think it is very important to be aware that this exists in all of us, so we won t let it happen again.

  • A gripping account of Stalin s legacy in Russia, this journalist s quest to find out the reasons behind the mass cooperation with Stalin made the book deeper and satisfying than mere reporting Even though it was written in the 1990s, the human characteristics for the worst of behaviors that Hochschild offers in anecdotes here have always been present in each one of us When is the line crossed between wanting a utopia and craving absolute power

  • This is a difficult book to get through You start to ask yourself how much bad Stalin stories you can take Here s the gist, Stalin was bad But, as historians or people interested in history, I think it s important to keep asking how he managed to fool his own people for so long From this book, I think it was a lot of fear, a lot of cult of personality, propoganda and misinformation Well worth reading but very upsetting and sad.

  • Hochschild seeks to understand how normal people can carry out atrocious crimes in general and specifically how normal people can do that to people just like them He focuses on crimes under Stalin and interviews scores of people both victims and perpetrators searching for an answer to an unanswerable question There are horrifying and poignant moments, and a lot of places where I wish he would examine the history and specifics of the events .

  • A fantastic series of stories from interviews in Russia around 1990 It s so interesting to see how people responded to the terrors that happened, especially because Hochschild interviews not only victims but also guards and a neo Stalinist Great way to get a snapshot of Russia just before the fall of the Soviet Union.

  • Fascinating, horrifying account of the Stalin years, especially the Great Purge years of the late 1930 s until the early 1950 s This has inspired me to do further reading into Stalin s betrayal of the Spanish Civil War, poet Anna Akhmatova, and memoirs of Soviet citizens in the 1930 s.Hochschild discusses the incredible bloodletting and extensive gulags The numbers of dead is numbing.

  • More fascinating than depressing, Hochschild sees around expected stories into what really happened Another great work of literary journalism, like The Mirror at Midnight than King Leopold s Ghost Adam Hochschild has a rare gift to write about depressing things in a manner that fascinates you rather than saddens you.

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