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"Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe" by Anne Applebaum

Anne Appllebaum is a columnist for The Washington Post and Slate. Her book, Gulag, won the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction and was a finalist for three other major prizes. Her essays appear in The New York Review of Books, Slate, and The London Spectator.

In her new book, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956

, she delivers a groundbreaking history of how Communism took over Eastern Europe after World War II.

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