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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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I love Russian history yet this book made me so angry at Russia!

Absolutely the greatest One of the greatest stories of personnal triumph I have ever read. Picked this book up because it was mentioned in a newsletter I get.

He was released from prison in but was not alxeander to leave the country until The story is told with a rich, expansive clarity. Even sadder, how he finally reunited with his elderly mother, only to discover the Soviet secret police had tortured her they had pulled out all alexandfr finger nails to keep her from continually searching for her son.

We all grow up learning about the horrors of the Holocaust, but we never learn about the crimes and horrors aoexander on the people of the Soviet Union during Stalin’s reign and after. I was quite intrigued by the book, and while not shocked about what was happening to him, shocked that this was happening to an American citizen. Then he took my tie and shoelaces and belt and knocked for the door to be opened. A real-life tragedy, mixed with courage and spirit.

Jul 28, Claudia rated it it was amazing Shelves: Open Preview See a Problem? American defectors to the Soviet Union.


It’s not a depressing book and some might hesitate to read it thinking it will be too dark alexader maybe a “dry” historical read. But Alexander’s tale is written wonderfully. Inhe published the bestseller Alexander Dolgun’s Story: His time in Sukhanovka brought him to the brink of death, and he was transferred to the hospital at Butyrki prison to recuperate.

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The only thing that makes Mr. I read this book about 30 years ago and have thought of it often.

It solgun amazing how this American stayed alive with all he was given. What I do know is that I was totally engrossed in the story; enough so that I had finished the book by the time we landed. Under his release conditions he was not allowed to contact American authorities.

Since reading it I have given a lot more attention to documentaries on tv that I might have previously passed by. Sep 12, Ben rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Cold numbed fingers could not hold onto handles and levers and timbers and crates, and there were many accidents, often fatal. This is my favourite all time book. Like the personal stories of holocaust survivors this book describes alexader extent of suffering and pain a person will withstand or adjust to in an effort to stay alive.

Aug 03, Angela rated it it was amazing. Dolgun lots of courage to write down what happened to him. I started lectures in world geography, calling up everything I could remember about rainfall, population, industry, vegetation, rivers, towns, political structure, and all the rest.

For now, it still rates a 5 with me. His whereabouts were known by Truman, Eisenhower and the US government, but they did nothing for fear of Soviet authorities further harming Dolgun due to fragile US-Soviet relations. If you dropped below your norm, you got a lower ration. 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. I found this book in my high school library. His terse writing style is honest and straightforward in a way that keeps his narrative bare and factual while still offering a sense of his inner turmoil and leaving the reader with a charmed impression of his personality.


Dolgun died on 28 Augustat the age of 59 in Potomac, Maryland of kidney failure. A personal description like Solzy. Well written, but quite depressing. Alexander Dolgun, an American citizen who was deliberately thrown into this system, brings clarity to the idea of so-called ‘work camps’ that still exist today think of where the Pussy Riot members were recently sent.

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. Have read it about 30 alexaner Views Read Alexandwr View history. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Return dolghn Book Page. The food was scarce unless you were ingenious, and even alexanxer it lacked vitamins. Want to Read Currently A,exander Read. Although, the KGB might just kill the person who was thought to be spying for the west rather than doogun the time and energy to brutally interrogate and imprison the suspect. aexander

If you’re American and if you ever wanted to know or truly understand just what it’s like to be tossed into the Soviet gulag, this is it. The way he uses his multiple languages and innovative negotiating skills to get by eolgun instructive and at times funny especially when he is trying to manipulate his guards into just inventing interrogation reports etc. Trivia About Alexander Dolgun’ Dec 26, Pamela rated it really liked it.

What a fantastic read.