Pus and blood ooze from the overworked open wounds of a man’s frostbitten toes and then sloshes around in his galoshes such that it sounds as if he’s constantly walking through puddles. Guards mercilessly beat and humiliate prisoners. Starved prisoners rat on their comrades for mere grams of extra rations. Hope is nonexistent. So is despair. Only anger and bitterness remain for the prisoners at Kolyma. These are the conditions that prevail when humanity is unconstrained by the rule of law and liberal order. This book should be required reading in high schools. Kolyma could happen anywhere.