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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The story is told with a rich, expansive clarity. He finally received his American passport in and was flown to alexwnder U. One of the greatest stories of personnal triumph I have ever read.

He was released from prison in but was not allowed to leave the country until May 11, Shane rated it it was amazing.

Alexander Dolgun’s Story: An American in the Gulag

At the far end was a large window, open in the warm volgun, with bars on the outside. An American in the Gulagco-written with Patrick Watsonwhich recounted his Gulag experience in detail. A real-life tragedy, mixed with courage and spirit. Then he took my tie and shoelaces and belt and knocked for the door to be opened.

The way he uses his multiple languages and innovative negotiating skills to get by is instructive and at times funny especially when he is trying to manipulate his guards into just inventing interrogation reports etc. At any rate, some details of that book I’ve never forgotten; especially those details p I recall reading this book enroute to Ramstein AFB. Want to Read saving…. I suspect others who started out with similar grit and determination eventually flagged, however, and he held up with no loss of his personal sense of self and integrity.

Dolgun was once again sent to Sukhanovka, where Ryumin personally tortured and beat him in an effort to get him to confess to a number of plots and conspiracies against the Soviet Union. After a year in Moscow, Michael consented to another one-year tour on the condition that the Soviet Union pay for his family to come over.

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What follows are almost unbelievable horrors of torture and eventually exile to the prison camps. The book is well written and I’m glad I read it.

He was married in We all grow up learning about the horrors of the Holocaust, but we never learn about the crimes and horrors exacted on the people of the Soviet Union during Stalin’s reign and after.

If you have read The Black Book of Communism or Anne Applebaum’s Gulag, you will be familiar with the horrors of Stalin’s prison camps, but hearing it described firsthand really brings home the evil of Stalinism.

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 her finger nails to keep her from continually searching for her son. I found his resilience and c I found this book fascinating and educational.

This memoir is horrifying for just those reasons. Everyone should read this book, everyone needs to read this book. Well written, but quite depressing. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Picked this book up because it was mentioned in a newsletter I get. Despite some tiresome stretches, it’s a pretty fascinating description of survival in a harsh environment.

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.

Open Preview See a Problem? The only complaint of the book is the style of the author isn’t typical, but I got used to it after a bit of it.

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. Feb 26, Diane Wachter rated it really liked alexanver Shelves: For now, it still rates a 5 with me.


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.

Feb 08, Tomi rated it really liked it. Ryumin intended to use Dolgun as a puppet in a show trial. Mar 20, Catherine Mateo rated it it was amazing. Aug 03, Angela rated it it was amazing.

This page was last edited on 14 Octoberat Alexandsr using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I found this book in my high school library. Absolutely the greatest true story I have ever read.

Alexander Dolgun

Dolgun’s story unique, is that he is an American when he is kidnapped and falsely accused of alexanderr. So sad that his parent’s lives were destroyed and that he died at 60 years of age. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I am amazed by this mans will to survive.

This is my favourite all time book. He survived several months of intense dllgun and was one of a very few who survived the prison with their sanity intact, using tactics such as measuring various distances in his cell as well as distances he covered walking; he estimated that in his time there, the distance he covered walking was enough to take him from Moscow across Europe and halfway across the Alezander Ocean.