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Anastasia

I wouldn't recommend "learning" about Soviet history from Solzhenitsyn. It's just literature, though with a very political and personal agenda behind it.

Thanks for Lethal White recommandation!

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I, on the other hand, would recommend learning about Marxism and the implications it has for the human spirit from Solzhenitsyn. The Gulag Archipelago, his carefully documented explication of how the principles of Marxism of inter-group struggle lead to the widespread atrocities of Communism was arguably the most important book of the twentieth century, and rightly so.

He earned a Nobel Prize for using the truth as a hammer against Marxist thought and action, and issued a stern warning to the West of the potential problems that we would face even with the fall of the Soviet Union.

“You can resolve to live your life with integrity. Let your credo be this: Let the lie come into the world, let it even triumph. But not through me.”

― Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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Hope you enjoy Lethal White, Anastasia.

I'm curious: do Solzhentisyn's personal experiences not count for anything with respect to an educational perspective? I think literature can be incredibly informative — and sure, I'll keep in mind that he is only providing one viewpoint.

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Anastasia

I personally don't count fiction books as a source of facts or truth.