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Russia (Pre- & Post-Soviet Union)

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  • Rockets and Revolutionby Michael G. Smith

    UNP - Nebraska 2014; US$ 34.95

    Rockets and Revolution offers a multifaceted study of the race toward space in the first half of the twentieth century, examining how the Russian, European, and American pioneers competed against one another in the early years to acquire the fundamentals of rocket science, engineer simple rockets, and ultimately prepare the path for human spaceflight.... more...

  • Spetsnaz: Russia's Special Forcesby Mark Galeotti; Johnny Shumate

    Osprey Publishing 2015; US$ 14.95

    When the shadowy, notorious Spetsnaz were first formed, they drew on a long Soviet tradition of elite, behind-the-lines commando forces from World War II and even earlier. Throughout the 1960s-70s they were instrumental both in projecting Soviet power in the Third World and in suppressing resistance within the Warsaw pact. As a powerful, but mysterious... more...

  • Stalin's Agent: The Life and Death of Alexander Orlovby Boris Volodarsky

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 23.99

    This is the history of an unprecedented deception operation - the biggest KGB deception of all time. It has never been told in full until now. There are almost certainly people who would like it never to be told. It is the story of General Alexander Orlov. Stalin's most loyal and trusted henchman during the Spanish Civil War, Orlov was also the... more...

  • Saving Stalin's Imperial Cityby Steven M. Maddox

    Indiana University Press 2014; US$ 49.99

    Saving Stalin?s Imperial City is the history of the successes and failures in historic preservation and of Leningraders? determination to honor the memory of the terrible siege the city had endured during World War II. The book stresses the counterintuitive nature of Stalinist policies, which allocated scarce wartime resources to save historic monuments... 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...

  • Among the Russiansby Colin Thubron

    HarperCollins 2009; Not Available

    Here is a fresh perspective on the last tumultuous years of the Soviet Union and an exquisitely poetic travelogue.With a keen grasp of Russia's history, a deep appreciation for its architecture and iconography, and an inexhaustible enthusiasm for its people and its culture, Colin Thubron is the perfect guide to a country most of us will never get... more...

  • Catherine the Greatby Simon Dixon

    HarperCollins 2009; Not Available

    ?[A] superb biography?.Scholarly, refreshing, commonsensical, and compelling, vividly portraying the charismatic Empress and her times.? ?Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Sashenka   Simon Dixon?s Catherine the Great is a complete and revealing portrait of an extraordinary leader, chronicling her rise to power and her remarkable reign... 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...

  • In Siberiaby Colin Thubron

    HarperCollins 2009; Not Available

    As mysterious as its beautiful, as forbidding as it is populated with warm-hearted people, Syberia is a land few Westerners know, and even fewer will ever visit. Traveling alone, by train, boat, car, and on foot, Colin Thubron traversed this vast territory, talking to everyone he encountered about the state of the beauty, whose natural resources have... more...

  • The Romanov Sistersby Helen Rappaport

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 14.99

    A New York Times Bestseller for 12 weeks! "Helen Rappaport paints a compelling portrait of the doomed grand duchesses." ? People magazine "The public spoke of the sisters in a gentile, superficial manner, but Rappaport captures sections of letters and diary entries to showcase the sisters? thoughtfulness and intelligence." ? Publishers Weekly... more...