Dancing Under the Red Star: The Extraordinary Story of Margaret Werner, the Only American Woman to Survive Stalin's GulagKarl TobienWaterBrook / 2006 / Trade Paperback$20.69 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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Pam Lewis5 Stars Out Of 5May 10, 2006Pam LewisDancing Under the Red Star is a most riveting tale of one woman's hellacious journey through the Gulags of Stalin's oppressive reign. Margaret Werner was indeed an incredible woman. This book chronicles her life, from beginnings as a vivacious and gifted child, growing into a strong, tenacious woman through the gut-wrenching horrors she experienced. Through no choice of their own, Margaret and her mother were forced to personally live through the atrocities which took place in Stalinist Russia. They had come to Russia in the early 1930's, with a little-known band of over 400 Americans to start an automobile factory in Gorky, Russia, modeled after Ford's Detroit plant. I personally was not acquainted at all with this piece of history, and I doubt many are. Dancing Under the Red Star has both the feel of a novel and the authenticity of a historical documentary. Written by Karl Tobien, Margaret Werner's son, it has all the poignancy of a memoir, while bringing to light the horrible truth that Ford and the U.S. government literally abandoned hundreds of American citizens to the "mercy" of the Russian regime. Despite all odds, Margaret Werner demonstrated the strength and creativity of the human spirit in the midst of unthinkable adversity. This promises to be a best seller! You won't want to miss the gripping, narrative of this little-known piece of history.
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