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Russia (Pre- & Post-Soviet Union)

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  • 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 Within the USSR itself, the T-62 was quickly superseded, but it was widely exported, becoming a critical component...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...

  • World War II Soviet Armed Forces (1)by Nigel Thomas; Darko Pavlovic

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 13.95

    This title presents a detailed analysis of the Soviet Army at the outbreak of World War II (1939-1945), including the Red Army's campaigns against Japan on the Manchurian plains as well as in Finland. It also covers the Red Army's first operations during Operation Barbarossa when the Red Army was forced to defend Mother Russia against the German onslaught.... more...

  • Red Plentyby Francis Spufford

    Graywolf Press 2012; US$ 16.99

    "Spufford cunningly maps out a literary genre of his own . . . Freewheeling and fabulous." --The Times (London) Strange as it may seem, the gray, oppressive USSR was founded on a fairy tale. It was built on the twentieth-century magic called "the planned economy," which was going to gush forth an abundance of good things that the lands of capitalism... more...

  • Through Soviet Jewish Eyesby David Shneer

    Rutgers University Press 2010; US$ 39.95

     Most view the relationship of Jews to the Soviet Union through the lens of repression and silence. Focusing on an elite group of two dozen Soviet-Jewish photographers, Through Soviet Jewish Eyes presents a different picture. These artists participated in a social project they believed in and with which they were emotionally and intellectually... more...

  • Assured Victory: How "Stalin the Great" Won the War, but Lost the Peaceby Albert Weeks

    ABC-CLIO 2011; US$ 49.00

    This book documents dictator Joseph Stalin's brilliant tactics as well as missteps in taking preemptive actions that guaranteed ultimate victory over the German invaders. It also covers the policies implemented after the war that made the Soviet Union a menace to world peace and led to collapse of Soviet rule. more...

  • The Russo-Japanese War 1904-05by Alexei Ivanov; Andrei Karachtchouk

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 13.95

    The Russo-Japanese War in Manchuria was the first 20th century conflict fought between the regular armies of major powers, employing the most modern means ? machine guns, trench warfare, minefields and telephone communications; and the battle of Mukden in March 1905 was the largest clash of armies in world history up to that date. Events were followed... more...

  • Two Shining Soulsby James Cracraft

    Lexington Books 2012; US$ 79.99

    In Two Shining Souls , Cracraft explores the decades-long encounter of Jane Addams (1860-1935), the famous American social reformer and peace activist, with Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), the acclaimed Russian writer and sage. This hitherto untold story highlights the crisis in global pacifism precipitated by World War I. Never before had the quest... more...