Alexander Dolgun’s Story has ratings and 35 reviews. Matt said: I read this book long ago yet just ran into it again and thought to list it here. The. Alexander Dolgun was a U.S. citizen working as a junior employee of the American Embassy in Moscow when he was arrested in and charged with being. In he wrote a book, ”Alexander Dolgun’s Story: An American in the Gulag,” detailing his arrest by Stalin’s security police in and.

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It’s not a depressing book and some might hesitate to read aoexander thinking it will be too dark or maybe a “dry” historical read. Jun 05, Joe rated it really liked it.

Dolgun comes dilgun as an archetypal American tough-guy, sly and crafty like a noir hero. They looked at us as if we were exhibits in a zoo.

Absolutely the greatest true story I have ever read. Since reading it I have given a lot more attention to documentaries on tv that I might have previously passed by.

Alexander Dolgun’s Story: An American in the Gulag

I am amazed by this mans will to survive. Apr 16, Rebecca Lentz rated it it was amazing. What a fantastic read. The only thing I found lacking that I usually look for in a memoir is the sense that the person has matured, grown, learned something, but Alexander seems to have been born with the tools that saw him through this experience and I did not detect any refinement along the way.

I sat down on the chair and began to pull them off. My hands were always cold. An American in the Doglun by Alexander Dolgun. Dec 26, Pamela rated it really liked it.


Alexander Dolgun was a U. Return to Book Page. Although, the KGB might just kill the person who was thought to be spying for the west rather than taking the time and energy to brutally interrogate and imprison the suspect.

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Doolgun not a big history buff but I truly appreciate the insight into this part of history and the impressive story of an impressive individual. This is the true story of Alexander Dolgun and his experience in Soviet prison and then his 8 or so years in the Gulags. One man was crushed when aalexander were rolling logs off of a flat car, using two logs as a ramp.

Absolutely the greatest One of the greatest stories of personnal triumph I have ever read.

Dolgun was initially incarcerated at Lefortovo and Lubyanka prisons in Moscow until he was sent to Steplag in Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. I recall purchasing it at the terminal.

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I read this book whenever I feel my life is tough. So many inspiring and beautiful stories of how humans under unbearable conditions help their fellow man. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Cold numbed fingers could not hold onto handles and levers and timbers and crates, and there were many accidents, often fatal.

One of the best books I have ever read. At any rate, some details of that book I’ve never forgotten; especially those details pertaining to survival. I read alexanded book long ago yet just ran into it again and thought to list doolgun here. Inhe published the bestseller Alexander Dolgun’s Story: Open Preview See a Problem?

He survived several months of intense torture and was one of a very few who survived the prison with their sanity intact, using tactics such as measuring various distances in his cell as well as distances he covered walking; he estimated that in his time there, the distance he covered walking was enough to take him from Moscow across Europe and halfway across the Atlantic Ocean.


Keep in mind – that it was a long flight. One of only a few books I have read on Gulags. It’s a lot harder to accept bad things that are actually perpetrated by one human being on another, and when it’s institutionalized evil, your sense of injustice of so profound it could cost you your sanity. I think many, myself included, might have “blanked out” a lot just for self-preservation.

I love Russian history yet this book made me so angry at Russia! Dolgun, an American citizen, was arrested as folgun spy and sent to the Lubayanka and from there to the gulags. Dolgun lots of courage to write down what happened to him. It makes you very grateful to live in this wonderful country. People died every day, especially the older men. It also gave me a perspective I had not considered before and that is what dealings take place or not on behalf of prisoners of war.

It’s a great introduction to the subject, since it’s well-written, informative, and not too long. Views Read Edit View history. I found his resilience and creativity to be admirable, inspiring and encouraging. Want to Read saving….