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Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom

Robert Conquest

Robert Conquest (1917-2015) was a British-American historian and poet who was most famous for the work The Great Terror: Stalin’s Purges of the 1930s. Published in 1968, the piece of non-fiction altered Western views of communist experience by detailing the full enormity of what Stalin had done to the Russian people in the 1930s and 1940s. Even though there were few illusions about Soviet Russia, Conquest’s book opened many eyes to the full scale of Soviet Russia’s horror under the dictatorship of Joseph Stalin. He was awarded the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation’s Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom in 2010.