Wooly Acres Reading Room (2)

Today’s selection for rumination is a hard-hitting non-fiction. It wasn’t a topic I knew much about but the book sucked me in…


The Forsaken: an American tragedy in Stalin’s Russia by Tim Tzouliadis (adult; non-fiction) This tells the untold story of thousands of Americans who emigrated to Russia during the depression. They were lured there through propaganda that promised a wonderful life. Once in Russia, they discovered it was a lie. This was soon followed by the realization they were not allowed to leave. The American embassy, State Department and President of the US turned their backs on these people, who ultimately were shot and killed or sent to the frozen work camps of the Gulag never to be seen again. I HIGHLY recommend this book. It is not light reading.

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4 Responses to Wooly Acres Reading Room (2)

  1. Dan Shaw says:

    I couldn’t agree more. This is an excellent book that I read last year. It is one of the few historical books that had a +50 five star ratings with no ratings below a 4 on Amazon. I believe it is out of print now but you can probably find it on Ebay. No, you can’t have my copy cause Beth want’s to read it.

  2. Glory Lennon says:

    Goodness, what in the world did Russia want with those people if they didn’t want to be there???

  3. Judie says:

    I don’t generally read non-fiction but this sounds fascinating.

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