Essay on Cold War Book Review

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Political and economic perspectives should not dominate the analysis of communist rule. Analysis of the social aspects and results of communist rule are necessary to achieve a full understanding of the effects of such government. Slavenka Drakulic produced How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed, an appealing work with this fresh social approach. This nonfiction work combines the author’s own recollections with the stories of other women of the Eastern Bloc.
Drakulic, a renowned journalist and writer, utilizes her keen eye for detail and truth in this quest that shows how communism has devastating effects on the common citizen. She provides insight into the conditions of life for women within a communist system. Several
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Her stories focus on one topic at a time and colorful descriptions fill the pages. For example, Drakulic describes the influence her new doll had on her childhood ideas of the status of women:
                    …nobody told us why a doll (a girl, a woman)
                    had to be pretty. We just knew it had to be
                    so. We painted their little lips and nails bright
                    red, and dressed them in tight sexy dresses,
                    even if we didn’t know what it was all about…
                    Sometimes I think that at that early age I
                    learned everything about my sex from these

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