An American Tragedy in Stalin's Russia
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A remarkable piece of forgotten history- the never-before-told story of Americans lured to Soviet Russia by the promise of jobs and better lives, only to meet tragic ends
In 1934, a photograph was taken of a baseball team. These two rows of young men look like any group of American ballplayers, except perhaps for the Russian lettering on their jerseys. The players have left their homeland and the Great Depression in search of a better life in Stalinist Russia, but instead they will meet tragic and, until now, forgotten fates. Within four years, most of them will be arrested alongside untold numbers of other Americans. Some will be executed. Others will be sent to "corrective labor" camps where they will be worked to death. This book is the story of lives-the forsaken who died and those who survived.
Based on groundbreaking research, The Forsaken is the story of Americans whose dreams were shattered and lives lost in Stalinist Russia.
Publishers Weekly Review
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The other reviewer's appalling and absurd demand for an apology from the American left notwithstanding, this book is well worth the read. Thousands of desperate Americans during the Great Depression were defrauded into believing that life in Stalinist USSR was ideal. Instead, they fell into the abyss of tyrannical evil created by the monster from Georgia, perished, and were forgotten by history. The book's narrative style is natural and comfortable, as it lays out the facts from the perspectives of blue collar Detroit workers and Ivy League diplomats alike. Hopefully the story will catch on so the dead and doomed are forgotten no longer.