Books I Loved Before I Blogged
(A semi-regular feature in which I share books that I loved before I was a blogger)
Today I’m sharing 2 nonfiction works. They are both heavy books with difficult subject matter.
I’ve realized that I tend to gravitate towards these kind of books. Why? I don’t know! I’m a glutton for punishing reads? What I do know is that I learned a lot from both of these books:
In 1934, a photograph was taken of a baseball team. These two rows of young men look like any group of American ballplayers, except perhaps for the Russian lettering on their jerseys. The players have left their homeland and the Great Depression in search of a better life in Stalinist Russia, but instead they will meet tragic and, until now, forgotten fates. Within four years, most of them will be arrested alongside untold numbers of other Americans. Some will be executed. Others will be sent to “corrective labor” camps where they will be worked to death. This book is the story of lives—the forsaken who died and those who survived.
Based on groundbreaking research, The Forsaken is the story of Americans whose dreams were shattered and lives lost in Stalinist Russia.