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 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. Once she became aware that he had been arrested, she tried to get him released from prison but was told by U.

The book is well written and I’m glad I read it. Dolgun married Irene in and they had a son, Andrew, in The first section, describing the initial interrogation process after his arrest is especially harrowing, and his brief accounts of fellow prisoners’ lives, “crimes”, and deaths in the labor camps are humane and memorable.

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Mar 20, Catherine Mateo rated it it was amazing. He was falsely accused of espionage against the Soviet Union and endured a year of sleep and food deprivation, as well as brutal psychological and physical torture designed to prod him into “confessing” to his interrogator, Colonel Sidorov.

Feb 13, Michael rated it it was amazing. 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. Although, the KGB might just kill the person who was thought to be spying for the west rather than taking the time and energy to brutally interrogate and imprison the suspect.

Then he took my tie and shoelaces and belt and knocked for the door to be opened. Jun 05, Joe rated it really liked it. Dec 26, Pamela rated it really liked it. Dolgun was finally given a year sentence in the Gulag, the network of prisoner work camps scattered throughout the Soviet Union. He was interned in the infamous Lubyanka and Lefortovo prisons in Moscow. He and a couple of Baltic prisoners scavenged the beans and gleefully enjoyed that taste of heaven called fresh coffee.


There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The true story of an American embassy employee in Russia, who was accused of spying, tried, convicted and sentence, and spent eight years in the Gulag.

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It’s an amazing story and more so because it is true. The cell reverberated with chatter.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. His barebones writing style also makes the less eventful aspects of his story a bit alexanrer. This is one of the few books that I remember in detail. This is my favourite all time book. And Alexandr should be admired for surviving the http: They were rotated from post to post frequently, and from camp to camp, to ensure that they formed no friendships with the prisoners.

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At any rate, some details of that book I’ve never forgotten; especially those details pertaining to survival. This is another book that I read years ago and am reading again. No trivia or quizzes yet. I love Russian history yet this book made me so angry at Russia!

What follows are almost dolggun horrors of torture and eventually exile to the prison camps. But Alexander’s tale is written wonderfully. May 08, Deborah rated it it was amazing.

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. We learn fairly young that there are bad things that happen that couldn’t have been prevented and you just pick up the pieces and keep going.


After his alexandre from prison inDolgun returned to Moscow. Absolutely the greatest One of the greatest stories of personnal triumph I have alexaneer read. At any rate, some details apexander that book I’ve never forgotten; especially those details p I recall reading this book enroute to Ramstein AFB.

Dolgun’s health was severely harmed by his experience and he suffered from numerous ailments. Same system, same tortures, same sadism, they just shut down some camps in Siberia, but not too many. Keep in mind – that it was a long flight.

Dec 30, Catherine Suddaby rated it it was amazing.

Alexander Dolgun, from embassy employee, to prisoner, then falsely convicted of being a terrorist against Russia and sentenced to hard labor. Sep 30, JC rated it really liked it Shelves: May 11, Shane rated it it was amazing. 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.

If you dropped below your norm, you got a lower ration. It was one of those books that I couldn’t put down. In the glare from the window it was hard to see the far end of the cell clearly, but I know that it was already packed with people standing on the floor and sitting or lying on or under the sleeping platforms. My hands were always cold. Under his release conditions he was not allowed to contact American authorities. Dolgun lots of courage to write down what happened to him. Heartbreaking and enraging, with a plot worthy of an epic movie.

How could I have missed it for so long?