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Russia (Pre- & Post-Soviet Union)

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  • Red Atomby Paul Josephson

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2005; US$ 24.95

    In the 1950s, Soviet nuclear scientists and leaders imagined a stunning future when giant reactors would generate energy quickly and cheaply, nuclear engines would power cars, ships, and airplanes, and peaceful nuclear explosions would transform the landscape. Driven by the energy of the atom, the dream of communism would become a powerful reality.... more...

  • Chasing the Seaby Tom Bissell

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 18.00

    In 1996, Tom Bissell went to Uzbekistan as a na?ve Peace Corps volunteer. Though he lasted only a few months before illness and personal crisis forced him home, Bissell found himself entranced by this remote land. Five years later he returned to explore the shrinking Aral Sea, destroyed by Soviet irrigation policies. Joining up with an exuberant translator... more...

  • Science in the New Russiaby Loren R. Graham; Irina Dezhina

    Indiana University Press 2008; US$ 19.50

    The Russian science establishment was one of the largest in the world, boasting many Nobel prizes, a world-leading space program, and famous schools in mathematics, physics, and other fields. However, when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the major financial supports for the scientific community were... more...

  • Portraits of Early Russian Liberalsby Derek Offord

    Cambridge University Press 1985; US$ 44.00

    This book studies the work of five Russian liberal thinkers against the general background of Russian history, literature and thought in that period. more...

  • Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Womanby Robert K. Massie

    Random House Publishing Group 2011; US$ 20.00

    PRAISE FOR CATHERINE THE GREAT "Massie once again delivers a masterful, intimate, and tantalizing portrait of a majestic monarch." ?Publishers Weekly , starred review " [A] rich, nuanced examination of Russia's lone female leader..." ?The Daily Beast ?What Catherine the Great offers is a great story in the hands of a master storyteller.... more...

  • Olga's Storyby Stephanie Williams

    Doubleday Canada 2011; US$ 22.95

    When Canadian journalist Stephanie Williams set out to discover her Russian grandmother? s long-lost history, what she unearthed was this stunning, sprawling portrait of a life lived on the grand stage of the 20th century. Born in remote Siberia in 1900, Olga Yunter was the youngest of five children. As a teenager during the Revolution, she was... more...

  • The Russian Interpreterby Michael Frayn

    Faber & Faber 2009; US$ 10.19

    "A love affair through an interpreter,' said Raya. 'That's a very cultured prospect.' Raya is a mercurial Moscow blonde who speaks no English, and the affair she is embarking upon is with Gordon Proctor-Gould, a visiting British businessman who speaks no Russian. They need an interpreter; which is how Paul Manning is diverted from writing his thesis... more...

  • T-62 Main Battle Tank 1965-2005by Steven Zaloga; Tony Bryan

    Osprey Publishing 2011; US$ 13.95

    The Soviet Army hastily developed the T-62 in a struggle to compete against the rapid proliferation of NATO tanks in the 1960s. It was essentially a modification of the widely-manufactured T-55 tank with the addition of a new 115mm gun. Within the USSR itself, the T-62 was quickly superseded, but it was widely exported, becoming a critical component... more...

  • Letters from Russiaby Astolphe De Custine; Anka Muhlstein

    New York Review Books 2012; US$ 24.95

    The Marquis de Custine?s record of his trip to Russia in 1839 is a brilliantly perceptive, even prophetic, account of one of the world?s most fascinating and troubled countries. It is also a wonderful piece of travel writing. Custine, who met with people in all walks of life, including the Czar himself, offers vivid descriptions of St. Petersburg... more...

  • Rasputinby Harold Shukman

    The History Press 2011; US$ 4.36

    Gregory Rasputin features in Russian history as a malign and destructive force, a man with an unhealthy influence on the Empress Alexandra and undue power in Russian politics. Yet his purposes were ostensibly beneficent. An uneducated peasant, he left Siberia to become a wandering 'holy man' and soon acquired a reputation as a healer. The empress... more...