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- Chronicle Books LLC 2013; US$ 19.99
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...
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2003; US$ 15.95
Although some twenty million people died during Stalin?s reign of terror, only with the advent of glasnost did Russians begin to confront their memories of that time. In 1991, Adam Hochschild spent nearly six months in Russia talking to gulag survivors, retired concentration camp guards, and countless others. The result is a riveting evocation of... more...
- Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 71.95
Why did the Soviet economic system fall apart? Did the economy simply overreach itself through military spending? Was it the centrally-planned character of Soviet socialism that was at fault? Or did a potentially viable mechanism come apart in Gorbachev's clumsy hands? Does its failure mean that true socialism is never economically viable?†The economic... more...
- Oneworld Publications 2014; US$ 14.99
1917: the year a series of rebellions toppled three centuries of autocratic rule and placed a group of political radicals in charge of a world power. Here, suddenly, was the first modern socialist state, ďa kingdom more bright that any heaven had to offer?. But the dream was short-lived, bringing in its wake seventy years of conflict and instability... more...
- Oneworld Publications 2009; US$ 19.95
From the emergence of the first Slavic state to the election of new President Dmitry Medvedev, this is a concise and thoughtful guide to the complex and turbulent history of Russia and its people. Paying particular attention to the implications of a future without Putin at its helm, Abraham Ascher provides a skilful blend of detail and analysis for... more...
- 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...
- 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...