Review: "The Gulag Archipelago" by Alexander Solzhsenitsyn



cancel culture

The Soviet communists didn’t invent cancel culture, but they surely perfected it. 

The communists eliminated political opposition, set up a huge secret police network, established a far-flung forced labor camp system, exiled dissidents, and, encouraged citizens to inform on each other. It’s no wonder Soviet citizens were afraid to speak their minds. The sordid history of Soviet terror and oppression is all documented in the pages of this book. 

In The Gulag Archipelago named by TIME magazine the “Best Nonfiction Work of the Twentieth Century”  Alexander Solzhenitsyn traces the history and development of the vast Soviet network of prison and work camps, which began after the Bolshevik uprising in 1917 and continued for four decades.


Somewhere between ten and fifty million people were sent to forced labor camps. Solzhenitsyn himself served eight years at a labor camp. His offense? Criticizing Stalin in private letters. 

This book will give you a new appreciation for Alexander Solzhenitsyn one of the great men of the last century and it will also open your eyes to the horrors of totalitarianism. I bought my abridged edition (shown above) at Barnes & Noble