Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine, by Anne Applebaum
A revelatory history of one of Stalin's greatest crimes.
In 1929 Stalin launched his policy of agricultural collectivization - in effect a second Russian revolution - which forced millions of peasants off their land and onto collective farms. The result was a catastrophic famine, the most lethal in European history. At least 5 million people died between 1931 and 1933 in the USSR.
In this book, Anne Applebaum argues that more than 3 million of those dead were Ukrainians who perished not because they were accidental victims of a bad policy but because the state deliberately set out to kill them. Devastating and definitive, Red Famine captures the horror of ordinary people struggling to survive extraordinary evil.
"Applebaum's account will surely become the standard treatment of one of history’s great political atrocities." - Washington Post