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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...

  • 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...

  • Red Plentyby Francis Spufford

    Graywolf Press 2012; US$ 15.99

    ?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... 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$ 45.00

    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...

  • One Night in Winterby Simon Sebag Montefiore

    Random House 2013; US$ 11.54

    Winner of the Political Fiction Book of the Year 2014. By the author of the world-wide bestsellers, Jerusalem , and Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar , and based on a true story, a heart-breaking, addictively readable love story set in Stalin's Russia. If your children were forced to testify against you, what... more...

  • Rethinking the Soviet Experienceby Stephen F. Cohen

    Oxford University Press, USA 1985; US$ 24.99

    In this wide-ranging and provocative book, Stephen F. Cohen cuts through Cold War stereotypes of the Soviet Union to arrive at fresh interpretations of that country's traumatic history and its present-day political realities. Cohen's lucidly written, revisionist analysis reopens an array of major historical questions. As he probes Soviet history,... more...

  • Stalin's Last Crimeby Jonathan Brent; Vladimir Naumov

    HarperCollins 2010; Not Available

    A new investigation, based on previously unseen KGB documents, reveals the startling truth behind Stalin's last great conspiracy. On January 13, 1953, a stunned world learned that a vast conspiracy had been unmasked among Jewish doctors in the USSR to murder Kremlin leaders. Mass arrests quickly followed. The Doctors' Plot, as this alleged scheme... more...

  • A Child of Christian Bloodby Edmund Levin

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2014; US$ 29.95

    A Jewish factory worker is falsely accused of ritually murdering a Christian boy in Russia in 1911, and his trial becomes an international cause célèbre.   On March 20, 1911, thirteen-year-old Andrei Yushchinsky was found stabbed to death in a cave on the outskirts of Kiev. Four months later, Russian police arrested Mendel Beilis, a thirty-seven-year-old... more...

  • Philip Mironov and the Russian Civil Warby Sergei Starikov

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 17.99

    He was an authentic hero of World War I and the Russian Revolution. He commanded a successful Red Army that treated prisoners mercifully, refrained from pillaging the countryside, and educated the people about the objectives of the Bolshevik regime. His eloquent advocacy of the ideas and aspirations of farmers and workers in the civil war period after... more...