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Discovering the Dark Side of Communism with The Taste of Ashes

Taste of Ashes HCby Marci Shore, author of The Taste of Ashes (Crown, January 2013).

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I was at an impressionable age when the revolutions came. This is the short answer I often give when asked by Poles or Czechs or Russians why I became interested in their part of the world. In 1989, I was seventeen years old and knew nothing about Eastern Europe. Yet growing up in suburban Pennsylvania, it was impossible not to absorb that we were locked in a struggle with the Evil Empire that might well bring about the end of the world.  Continue reading

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