One enlightened young teacher says that the Russians simply believe what a dictator or teacher or Commandant tells them and that until they can learn to question and give opinions they will remain prey to totalitarianism. Hochschild definitely doesn't disappoint in his writing - having read King Leopold's Ghost first, The Unquiet Ghost is definitely a more personal work, written in first person, not an exposé but a careful probing into a hugely interesting subject - as Hochschild asks throughout the book, were Soviet-era Russians executioners or victims? 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. Hochschild definitely doesn't disappoint in his writing - having read King Leopold's Ghost first, The Unquiet Ghost is definitely a more personal work, written in first person, not an exposé but a careful probing into a hugely interesting subject - as Hochschild asks throughout the book, were Soviet-era Russians executioners or victims? It is was intended as something of a current events book, and much of the detail is severely outdated. I confess that I sometimes enjoy watching the Travel Channel and in particular those shows pertaining to America's Most Haunted Places. The narration goes back and forth in time with the mother's relationship with her daughter Zona.
This is a great book. The result is a riveting evocation of a country still haunted by the ghost of Stalin. The author is a fine writer with good, s 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. In the mid-1970s, he was one of the co-founders of Mother Jones. After reading Bury The Chains by Adam Hochschild my sisters and mum all found the need to write to Hochschild and commend him on a brilliant novel.
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. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, sociologist and author Arlie Russell Hochschild. It is something that I want or wanted added to my life. The Greenbrier Ghost is renowned in American folklore, but Sharyn McCrumb is the first author to look beneath the legend to unearth the facts. In my view, James Gardner is a character which adds depth and clarity to the background of the story and is a tragic but strong character in his own right.
The husband dominates and thus the girl has no contact with her family. I often found myself skimming if not skipping entire passages of Dr. A combination of folklore, ghost story and a real murder trial, set at the turn of the century in Appalachia. What do they think happened that allowed the terror of the Stalin years to happen? I wonder if he will produce a comparison study of these atrocities, or if he has and I am not aware of it? Is it possible to be Absolutely worth the read. I was totally oblivious — I wonder if my parents were as well. 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 created by this man.
King Leopold's Ghost was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as was his recent To End All Wars. The final chapter and the acknowledgements are satisfying although he gives no answers. Gardner is telling a side of the story from his viewpoint as one of the defense attorneys in the murder trial which is at the center of this tale. His regime left a bitter taste in regular Russian's memories. I wonder if he will produ This is an account of what happened. His closest parallels to the type of people that believed in Stalin as a man of genius are John Bircher's and Mormons.
This book was assigned reading for my Key Individuals in History: Stalin class. All in all, I thought the book just fell flat and was fairly boring. The issue with writing style here is very plain to see - Hochschild admits that he has no idea why the man made such a comment, so he surmises that the man must have had a family member who was killed or sent to prison. You begin to ponder on your prospectives influence of how you view these events and how only through generations will the events be lost. Nikiforova's father and hundreds of others to death. The people who lived within the countries controlled by the Soviet government experienced levels of oppression akin to slavery. Very similar notions have been offered by genocide scholars, such as Christopher Browning or James Waller.
It seems the great terror could have happened anywhere and we could all commit crimes against humanity under the right circumstances and Communism had little to do with what happened in the Soviet Union. Stalinism on another perspective is used generally to criticize or refer to the style of governance employed by Joseph Stalin. More than one story left me with moist eyes, covering the breadth and depth of emotions and ambitions that make up a life. In the past, Smoking played an integral role in our social lives. My sisters and I were scared, but always wanted to learn more. This is really a fascinating story that is both factual and part folklore. I think the toughest story to read was of meeting a woman whose father was in charge of sending thousands to their deaths.
. His book i Adam Hochschild spent 6 months in Russia in 1991 and interviewed Russians who were grappling with their memories of the Stalin Era. As he points out, the Russians did this to themselves - not an external invading power - and the Revolution had been greeted with such hope for good and positive change. Some parts of Kolyma rivalled the death rate of the Nazi German death camps. It was a wonderful experience to read this along with my Traveling Sisters Brenda, Norma, Susanne and Diane! But the premise of a murder case with a ghost as a witness hooked me. His closest parallels to the type of people that believed in Stalin as a man of genius are John Bircher's and Mormons. You feel the mother's anguish as Zona and Trout announce their upcoming nuptials.
Belief in a devil can be as attractive as belief in a god. However, grave robbery is as old as human history, and disrespect to the dead is likewise. A strange one it is indeed. He was also a commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.