Gulag: A History,
also published as Gulag: A History of the Soviet
Camps, is a non-fiction book covering the history of
the Soviet Gulag system.
It was written by American author
and published in 2003
won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for
and the 2004 Duff Cooper Prize
. It was also nominated
for the National Book
prize and for the National Book Award
charts the history of the Gulag organization from its beginnings in
the Solovki prison camp and the
construction of the White Sea Canal through its explosive growth in the Great Terror and the Second World War, and tracks
its diminution following the death of Stalin
and its final closure in the 1980s.
A large portion of the
book is devoted to covering lives and deaths of camp inmates,
including their arrest, interrogation, trial, transportation, the
details of the rigors of their working and living conditions, the
privations of starvation and disease, and the circumstances of
their deaths. The book draws heavily on Soviet-era archives and on
the diaries and writings of camp survivors.
- "Award Winning Books - Duff Cooper Prize",