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A groundbreaking, haunting, and profoundly moving history of modernity's greatest tragedy: concentration camps

For over 100 years, at least one concentration camp has existed somewhere on Earth. First used as battlefield strategy, camps have evolved with each passing decade, in the scope of their effects and the savage practicality with which governments have employed them. Even in the twenty-first century, as we continue to reckon with the magnitude and horror of the Holocaust, history tells us we have broken our own solemn promise of "never again."

In this harrowing work based on archival records and interviews during travel to four continents, Andrea Pitzer reveals for the first time the chronological and geopolitical history of concentration camps. Beginning with 1890s Cuba, she pinpoints concentration camps around the world and across decades. From the Philippines and Southern Africa in the early twentieth century to the Soviet Gulag and detention camps in China and North Korea during the Cold War, camp systems have been used as tools for civilian relocation and political repression. Often justified as a measure to protect a nation, or even the interned groups themselves, camps have instead served as brutal and dehumanizing sites that have claimed the lives of millions.

Drawing from exclusive testimony, landmark historical scholarship, and stunning research, Andrea Pitzer unearths the roots of this appalling phenomenon, exploring and exposing the staggering toll of the camps: our greatest atrocities, the extraordinary survivors, and even the intimate, quiet moments that have also been part of camp life during the past century.

About the Author

Andrea Pitzer

Andrea Pitzer's writing has appeared many places in print and online, from Vox, Slate, and USA Today to Longreads, Lapham's Quarterly, and McSweeney's. She founded Nieman Storyboard, the narrative nonfiction site of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.

Pitzer has spoken on history and narrative journalism in the U.S. and abroad. Her first book, THE SECRET HISTORY OF VLADIMIR NABOKOV, received starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, and Library Journal. Her second book, due out in September 2017, is ONE LONG NIGHT: A GLOBAL HISTORY OF CONCENTRATION CAMPS, which covers the wrenching story of mass civilian detention from the 1890s to the present.

Find her on Twitter at @andreapitzer, like her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/andreapitzerauthor/, and visit her website at http://www.andreapitzer.com.

Hear Marco Werman of Public Radio International's "The World" interview Andrea: http://www.theworld.org/2013/04/nabokov-andrea-pitzer/

Read Royal Young's talk with Andrea for Interview Magazine: http://www.interviewmagazine.com/culture/andrea-pitzer-the-secret-history-of-vladimir-nabokov

Read Jon Winokur's interview with Andrea at http://www.advicetowriters.com/interviews/2012/4/25/andrea-pitzer.html

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