If one wants to begin to understand the GULAG, he would read anyone of at least 131 books such as;
- My twenty-two prisons and My Escape from Solovetski, 1929, by Bezonov, Eliuriai Dimitrevich
- Red Gaols, a Woman’s Experiences in Russian Prisons, 1935, by author did not want to be identified.
- Prisoner of the OGPU, 1935, by Kitechin, George.
- An Account of the Construction of the New Canal between the White Sea and the Baltic Sea, 1935, by Maxim Gorky, and 30 writers.
Many people refer to the book The Gulag Archipelago, 1974, by Solzenitsyn, I., as “the” book on the GULAG partly from his experience and research thereof.
The author started with a simple expression written about John W. Adkins: “He left home at an early age, and never returned home age”. There was literally no information about him. Most people, familiar with my work, have been totally amazed at the amount of the information, documents, obtained by the author from the archives on one individual. After many years of work, the author did not want to leave this material to just a research project sitting on the bookshelf.
This book brings to life the adventures of John William Adkins through the documents. A full translation for each and every document exists for documents from files of Russia, Estonia, and Finland. The English files are included also along with letters and postcards.
It is thought that a book of this type providing so many documents will provide an interesting text book for history and language classes in the universities.
The book documents his life in 18 chapters with the 18th chapter covering the rehabilitation by the prosecutor of all charges leveled against him in Russia. There are four appendixes dealing with Notes (sources for each chapter), Epilogue (family related information), Summary (detailing research), and References (all books the author located and read looking for clues).
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