For who is this book for ?
Red Famine is a history book that tells the story of Stalin’s deliberate policy to starve millions of Ukrainians in the early 1930s. It is a chilling tale of incompetence, cruelty and mass murder.
- Red Famine is a well-researched book that provides an in-depth look at Stalin’s deliberate policy to starve millions of Ukrainians.
- Applebaum does an excellent job of describing the conditions endured by the Ukrainian people and illustrating how Stalin’s policies led to mass starvation.
- The book is horrifically depressing, but it is an important read for anyone interested in 20th century history.
- The author is not Ukrainian, so there may be some inaccuracies.
- It may be a little dry for some readers.
- It is a heavy read, but it is worth it.
Learn more about the author
Anne Applebaum is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author. She has written extensively about communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.
“This is an excellent, well-researched book on one of the most appalling crimes in human history. Anne Applebaum does a superb job of explaining the complex political and economic factors that led to Stalin’s genocidal campaign against the Ukrainians, and she provides harrowing details of the suffering endured by the victims. This is a must-read for anyone interested in twentieth century Russian history.”
“An important, riveting book.”
“This is an excellent history of Stalin’s deliberate policy to starve millions of Ukrainians in the early 1930s. It is a chilling tale of incompetence, cruelty and mass murder.”
“This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of Ukraine, Stalin’s reign of terror, or 20th century European politics. Applebaum has done an excellent job of piecing together the story from numerous Soviet and Ukrainian sources, many of which have never been translated into English before. The result is a harrowing account of one man’s attempt to annihilate an entire people.”