Bukovsky's landmark memoir is available for Amazon Kindle.

When To Build a Castle debuted in 1978, Ronald Reagan told his radio audience, "This book is important." Today, Russian activists Garry Kasparov and Pussy Riot are among those declaring the book worth reading in 2017 on its Amazon page

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The great truth was that it was not rifles, not tanks, and not atom bombs that created power. Power depended upon public obedience, upon a will to submit.
— from To Build a Castle

Human Rights Foundation chair Garry Kasparov, acclaimed playwright Sir Tom Stoppard, and Russian punk rockers Pussy Riot are among those who have praised the Kindle edition of a book that The New Yorker called "sometimes ironic, sometimes detached, sometimes written in cold fury, but always compelling."