The story of a little-known group of emigres, Americans who went to Russia during the 1930s in the hope that the Communist promise of a better life was a reality,only to find xenophobia, paranoia and ultimately, in many cases, imprisonment or death in Stalin’s Terror.


The immediacy of the cautionary aspects of this tale can not be forcefully enough stated as we go to the polls in 2012!

The forsaken : an American tragedy in Stalin’s Russia  Tim Tzouliadis Immigrants Americans Soviet Union History New York : Penguin Press, 2008 Hardcover. 1st. ed. and printing. 436 p. ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [399]-416) and index.  Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text.   VG/VG

A remarkable piece of forgotten history – the never-before-told story of Americans lured to Soviet Russia by the promise of jobs and better lives, only to meet tragic ends

In 1934, a photograph was taken of a baseball team. These two rows of young men look like any group of American ballplayers, except perhaps for the Russian lettering on their jerseys. The players have left their homeland and the Great Depression in search of a better life in Stalinist Russia, but instead they will meet tragic and, until now, forgotten fates. Within four years, most of them will be arrested alongside untold numbers of other Americans. Some will be executed. Others will be sent to “corrective labor” camps where they will be worked to death. This book is the story of lives – the forsaken who died and those who survived.

Based on groundbreaking research, The Forsaken is the story of Americans whose dreams were shattered and lives lost in Stalinist Russia.

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