Alexander Dolgun’s Story has ratings and 35 reviews. Matt said: I read this book long ago yet just ran into it again and thought to list it here. The. Alexander Dolgun was a U.S. citizen working as a junior employee of the American Embassy in Moscow when he was arrested in and charged with being. In he wrote a book, ”Alexander Dolgun’s Story: An American in the Gulag,” detailing his arrest by Stalin’s security police in and.

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I understand that it is difficult to relive the horrors that he faced in the many prisons and camp, so it must have taken Mr. Released after eight long years he is finally able to recount the experience of being transported to and between prisons, interactions and friendships with other prisoners, the day to day drudgery of trying to stay alive under horrendous conditions which involved trying to meet ridiculously high work quotas for extremely strenuous jobs while in a constant state of starvation and often, sickness.

Aug 23, Liz rated it it was amazing Shelves: He took a job translating medical journals into English for the Soviet Health Bureau and befriended several notable Gulag survivors, including Georg Tenno and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. He was married in Jan 22, Gwynneth rated it it was amazing. Picked this book up because it was mentioned in alsxander newsletter I get.

Alexander Dolgun’s Story: An American in the Gulag – Dolgun, Alexander; Watson, Patrick

One man was crushed dolvun we were rolling logs off of a flat car, using two logs as a ramp. I have read four or five books on the gulag and this is one of my favorites.


May 16, Kcastro rated it it was amazing Shelves: If you have read The Black Book of Communism or Anne Applebaum’s Gulag, you will be familiar with the horrors of Stalin’s prison camps, but hearing it described firsthand really brings home the evil of Stalinism. Dolgun was initially incarcerated at Lefortovo and Lubyanka prisons in Moscow until he was sent to Steplag in Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.

Same system, same tortures, same sadism, they just shut down some camps in Siberia, but not too many.

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It was one of those books that I couldn’t put down. Have read it about 30 times!

I recall reading this book enroute to Ramstein AFB. May 08, Deborah rated it it was amazing. Sep 30, JC rated it really liked it Shelves: Jul 21, Tom rated it really liked it. He ended up at DzhezkazganKazakhstanwhere he labored for several months until being called back to Moscow.

Inhe published the bestseller Alexander Dolgun’s Story: It’s refreshing to read something on this subject that’s neither too academic nor overly concerned with wallowing in the misery of the situation. I especially liked the anecdote about how a coffee bean shipment was accidentally delivered to his camp and tossed out in the garbage because no one knew what roasted beans looked like.

Since reading it I have given a lot more attention to documentaries on tv that I might have previously passed by.


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The story is told with a rich, expansive clarity. While Dolgun’s story is rife with horrible injustices perpetrated against an innocent man, he always seems more of a hardened survivor than a victim.

Jul 06, Robby rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: He ripped alsxander the shoulder pads.

Dolgun was finally given a year sentence in the Gulag, the network of prisoner work camps scattered throughout the Soviet Union. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. May 11, Shane rated it it was amazing. I absolutely loved this book.

I held my own private screening several times. He was taken to Lubyanka prison where a guard told him to take off his clothes. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Oct 29, Matt Jasper rated it it was amazing.

The way he uses his multiple languages and innovative negotiating skills to get by is instructive and at times funny especially when he is trying to manipulate his guards into just inventing interrogation reports alexandet.

His barebones writing style also makes the less eventful aspects of his story a bit tedious. They looked at us as if we were exhibits in a zoo.