I Chose Freedom is melodramatic in title only. It is the work of an average communist party member during the Stalin era. Kravchenko was a technocrat who. VICTOR KRAVCHENKO: I CHOSE FREEDOM- THE PERSONAL AND POLITICAL LIFE OF A SOVIET OFFICIAL Translator: Péter Konok A few years ago the. Raymond Arthur Davies argued in Soviet Russia Today, a journal published by the American Communist Party that Kravchenko “chose freedom to advocate.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. A shocking look behind the curtain during the Stalin era. Jan 11, Sylvain Munger rated it it was amazing Shelves: The publication of I Kravchenkko Freedom was met with vocal attacks from the Soviet Union and by international Communist parties.

A must-read and a life-changer. Return to Book Page.

Nov 12, Mohamed Fares rated it it was amazing. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Frwedom was one of the first defectors from the Soviet Union, in a time when defecting from the Soviet Union wasn’t cool.

It doesn’t bring any new information on the situation in the Soviet Union, but it does point out a lot of the Soviet bureaucracy as well. Recommended to Gary by: Kravchenko was one of the first defectors from the Soviet Union, persecuted, he killed himself in the USA.

Kravchenko was a technocrat who miraculously cut through the totalitarian fabric of Stalinist ideology to demonstrate the bureaucratization of Soviet life and the annihilation of genuine intermediate social structures, such as families, trade unions, pr I Chose Freedom is melodramatic in title only.

I would love to quote big sections of the book, but I will try and resist. May 27, Lawrence rated it it was amazing. Open Preview See a Problem? In it are also the stories of scores of friends, colleagues, aquaintances, lovers, and others he had encountered; the energy and frenetic pace of his life alone are staggering. Kravchenko’s death was officially ruled a suicide, and this view is widely accepted, including by biographer Gary Kern. These ways included investing his profits made from “I Chose Freedom” into an attempt to organize poor farmers into new collectives.


You then see how the truth of it is slowly made known to him as he watches his family, faith, community, and nation destroyed. It is so hard to regain freedoms once lost. Recommended in footnote of other reading. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Kravchenko had made a deal prior to working with respected journalist Eugene Lyonsthat Lyons would not receive credit, only a percentage of royalties.

The editing and the language is worthy of a great novel I don’t say that lightlybut it is entirely a true story, feverishly written in the months after the escape. Feb 27, Travis rated it really liked it Shelves: On 25 FebruaryKravchenko was found dead from a gunshot wound to his head at his desk in his apartment in Manhattan, New York City.

Poster featuring Victor Kravchenko Mar 21, Kateryna Martynenko rated it it was amazing Shelves: It might seem obviously relevant to me choae my family’s history, but it needs to be read by fredom everywhere who has ever given a thought to the nature of power and evil or to the meaning of strength and goodness. I Chose Freedom is melodramatic in title only. If one is to acquire a real appreciation of the magnitude of changes underway in the I Chose Freedom is melodramatic in title only.

I found this book the original Charles Scribner’s and Sons hardcover edition in the Harbin Hot Springs library, to which I solemnly intend to return it. Want kravchwnko Read saving…. Eventually as the Soviet Union cannot produce munitions quicky enough, they enter into an agreement with the USA to be supplied with raw materials and products.


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Here Kravchenko sees his chance to get away. She said it would change anyone’s view if they were pro-communist, and she is right. Technically, Kravchenko won his case Sep 27, Pat Schakelvoort rated it liked it Shelves: Retrieved 19 December The closed society was very good at turning their own people against each other and creating such an environment of fear that nobody would dare speak out against the most insidious decisions from Moscow.

A story like this was being heard in the West for the first time, and lead to a large libel trial in France, but it was corroborated by numerous others. Unfortunaztely I can also quite believe that the story has been sanitised to an extent for the mass market.

Victor Kravchenko (defector)

The translation is very good such that it almost reads like a novel. Stalin is 10x Hitler. The translator is not named, but he is clearly a superb writer; the book is gripping, even though – I won’t lie – it is long. Lina Kravchenko rated it it was amazing Oct 10, The author states that during that time almost every ally of the United States was criticised instead of the Soviet Union. Kravchenko is promoted to the government level of the Party to oversee the production of equipment for the war effort.

Feb 07, Jan Mech rated it it was amazing. It is well-written and compelling and made me really think about things that I take for granted. If you were not a witness, I’d tear your head off! Really, nobody has read this?

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