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In one sense North Korea is the most closed nation the world.  In another sense it is an open book, and Blain Harden's Escape from Camp 14 opens that book a little wider. This is the story of the only person to escape from one of North Korea's worst Gulag labor camps. Shin In Geung was born...
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This will be a somewhat complex blog because I am going to intertwine comments on Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago with the 20th anniversary of the dissolution of the Soviet Union. I'm reading The Gulag Archipelago right now and have just returned from a discussion of the dissolution of the...
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Darkness at Noon is perhaps Arthur Koestler's best-known work. It tells the tale of a Russian communist named Rubashov being imprisoned and sentenced to death for his sins against the Stalin-led party. Much of the book focuses on the Stalinist procedure of jailing someone and then forcing him to...
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I was seventeen when I first read 1984, and that was the year George Orwell forever changed my view of the world. I don't think any other novel read during my school years quite impacted my thinking the way 1984 did. I discovered it in 1999, so the plot in the book had long since past. It was...