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Russia (Pre- & Post-Soviet Union)

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  • Dead Mountainby Donnie Eichar

    Chronicle Books LLC 2013; US$ 11.99

    In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the incident?unexplained violent injuries, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, and elevated levels... more...

  • The Revolution Betrayedby Leon Trotsky; Max Eastman

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 14.95

    One of Marxism's most important texts, this 1936 polemic explores the fate of the Russian Revolution after Lenin's death. A brilliant and profound evaluation of Stalinism, it prophesies the inevitable collapse of the Soviet Union. more...

  • The Magic Lanternby Timothy Garton Ash

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 15.00

    The Magic Lantern is one of those rare books that define a historic moment, written by a brilliant witness who was also a participant in epochal events. Whether covering Poland's first free parliamentary elections -- in which Solidarity found itself in the position of trying to limit the scope of its victory -- or sitting in at the meetings of an unlikely... more...

  • Competitive Authoritarianismby Steven Levitsky; Lucan A. Way

    Cambridge University Press 2010; US$ 28.00

    This book explores the fate of competitive authoritarian regimes in the post-Cold War era. more...

  • Angel of Vengeanceby Ana Siljak

    St. Martin's Press 2009; US$ 6.79

    In the Russian winter of 1878 a shy, aristocratic young woman named Vera Zasulich walked into the office of the governor of St. Petersburg, pulled a revolver from underneath her shawl, and shot General Fedor Trepov point blank. "Revenge!," she cried, for the governor's brutal treatment of a political prisoner. Her trial for murder later that year... more...

  • Russia's Sputnik Generationby Donald J. Raleigh

    Indiana University Press 2006; US$ 18.35

    Russia's Sputnik Generation presents the life stories of eight 1967 graduates of School No. 42 in the Russian city of Saratov. Born in 1949/50, these four men and four women belong to the first generation conceived during the Soviet Union's return to "normality" following World War II. Well educated, ... more...

  • Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991by Orlando Figes

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; US$ 12.68

    What caused the Russian Revolution? Did it succeed or fail? Do we still live with its consequences? Orlando Figes teaches history at Birkbeck, University of London and is the author of many acclaimed books on Russian history, including A People's Tragedy , which The Times Literary Supplement named as one of the '100 most influential... more...

  • The Invention of Russiaby Arkady Ostrovsky

    Atlantic Books 2015; US$ 10.99

    WINNER OF THE ORWELL PRIZE 2016 How did a country that liberated itself from seventy years of Soviet rule end up as one of the biggest threats to the West and, above all, to its own future? Why did the people who rejected Communist ideology come to accept state propaganda? In this bold and important book, Arkady Ostrovsky takes the reader on an... more...

  • A Small Corner of Hellby Anna Politkovskaya; Alexander Burry; Tatiana Tulchinsky; Georgi M. Derluguian

    University of Chicago Press 2008; US$ 17.00

    Chechnya, a 6,000-square-mile corner of the northern Caucasus, has struggled under Russian domination for centuries. The region declared its independence in 1991, leading to a brutal war, Russian withdrawal, and subsequent "governance" by bandits and warlords. A series of apartment building attacks in Moscow in 1999, allegedly orchestrated by a rebel... more...

  • Yezidis, Theby Birgül Açikyildiz

    I.B.Tauris 2014; US$ 14.95

    Yezidism is a fascinating part of the rich cultural mosaic of the Middle East. The Yezidi faith emerged for the first time in the twelfth century in the Kurdish mountains of northern Iraq. The religion, which has become notorious for its associations with ?devil worship?, is in fact an intricate syncretic system of belief, incorporating elements from... more...