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The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the ...

Peter Finn

The Zhivago Affair is the dramatic, never-before-told story—drawing on newly declassified files—of how a forbidden book became a secret CIA weapon in the ideological battle between East and West.In May 1956, an Italian publishing ...

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Published: Mar 2015

Russian History: A Very Short Introdu...

Geoffrey Hosking

Russia's sheer size has made it difficult to mobilize resources and to govern effectively, especially given its harsh climate, vast and vulnerable borders, and the diversity of its people. In this Very Short Introduction, Geoffrey Hos...

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Published: Mar 2012

The Last Days of the Romanovs: Traged...

Helen Rappaport

The brutal murder of the Russian Imperial family on the night of July 16–17, 1918 has long been a defining moment in world history. This book gives a riveting day-by-day account of the last fourteen days of their lives, as the consp...

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Published: Jan 2010

The New Nobility: The Restoration of ...

Andrei Soldatov

A penetrating investigation into how the KGB rose from the ashes of the Soviet Union and reinvented itself at the heart of the Russian state during Vladimir Putin's rule

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Published: Sep 2011

Secret Lives of the Tsars: Three Cent...

Michael Farquhar

"Michael Farquhar doesn't write about history the way, say, Doris Kearns Goodwin does. He writes about history the way Doris Kearns Goodwin's smart-ass, reprobate kid brother might. I, for one, prefer it."—Gene Weingarten,...

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Published: Jul 2014

K Blows Top: A Cold War Comic Interlu...

Peter Carlson

Khrushchev’s 1959 trip across America was one of the strangest exercises in international diplomacy ever conducted. Khrushchev told jokes, threw tantrums, sparked a riot in a San Francisco supermarket, wowed the coeds in a home ...

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Published: Jul 2010

Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?...

Karen Dawisha

The raging question in the world today is who is the real Vladimir Putin and what are his intentions. Karen Dawisha's brilliant Putin's Kleptocracy provides an answer, describing how Putin got to power, the cabal he brought with him, ...

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Published: Sep 2015

Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story ...

Donnie Eichar

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— unsettling and unexplained causes of death, a strange final ...

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Published: Oct 2014

Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991: A Hi...

Orlando Figes

AN ORIGINAL READING OF THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION, EXAMINING IT NOT AS A SINGLE EVENT BUT AS A HUNDRED-YEAR CYCLE OF VIOLENCE IN PURSUIT OF UTOPIAN DREAMSIn this elegant and incisive account, Orlando Figes offers an illuminating new persp...

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Published: Apr 2015

The Russian Revolution

Sheila Fitzpatrick

The Russian Revolution had a decisive impact on the history of the twentieth century. In the years following the collapse of the Soviet regime and the opening of its archives, it has become possible to step back and see the full pictu...

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Published: Nov 2017

Russia: Putin's Playground: Empire, R...

Flash Guides

Empire, Revolution, and the New TsarIs Russia in the hands of a lunatic?Ever since Vladimir Putin's presidential incarnation, pundits and political analysts have asked this question with increasing frequency. Known for his aggressive ...

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Published: Jul 2015

Putin Country: A Journey into the Rea...

Anne Garrels

Short-listed for the Pushkin House Russian Book PrizeMore than twenty years ago, the NPR correspondent Anne Garrels first visited Chelyabinsk, a gritty military-industrial center a thousand miles east of Moscow. The longtime home of t...

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Published: Mar 2017

Near and Distant Neighbors: A New His...

Jonathan Haslam

A uniquely comprehensive and rich account of the Soviet intelligence services, Jonathan Haslam's Near and Distant Neighbors charts the labyrinthine story of Soviet intelligence from the October Revolution to the end of the Cold War.Pr...

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Published: Aug 2016

Chernobyl 01:23:40: The Incredible Tr...

Andrew Leatherbarrow

At 01:23:40 on April 26th 1986, Alexander Akimov pressed the emergency shutdown button at Chernobyl's fourth nuclear reactor. It was an act that forced the permanent evacuation of a city, killed thousands and crippled the Soviet Union...

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Published: Apr 2016

The End of Tsarist Russia: The March ...

Dominic Lieven

An Economist Best Book of the YearA Financial Times Best Book of the YearWinner of the the Pushkin House Russian Book PrizeFinalist for the Lionel Gelber PrizeAn Amazon Best Book of the Month (History)One of the world’s leading ...

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Published: Aug 2016

Once Upon a Time in Russia: The Rise ...

Ben Mezrich

The New York Times bestselling author of Bringing Down the House and The Accidental Billionaires tells his most incredible story yet: A true drama of obscene wealth, crime, rivalry, and betrayal from deep inside the world of billionai...

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Published: Jun 2016

Russian Roulette: How British Spies T...

Giles Milton

In 1917, a band of communist revolutionaries stormed the Winter Palace of Tsar Nicholas II--a dramatic and explosive act marking that Vladimir Lenin's communist revolution was now underway. But Lenin would not be satisfied with overth...

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Published: Apr 2015

The Invention of Russia: The Rise of ...

Arkady Ostrovsky

WINNER OF THE ORWELL PRIZEWINNER OF THE CORNELIUS RYAN AWARD FINALIST FOR THE LIONEL GELBER PRIZEFINANCIAL TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR"Fast-paced and excellently written…much needed, dispassionate and eminently readable." —Ne...

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Published: Aug 2017

Nothing Is True and Everything Is Pos...

Peter Pomerantsev

In the new Russia, even dictatorship is a reality show.Professional killers with the souls of artists, would-be theater directors turned Kremlin puppet-masters, suicidal supermodels, Hell's Angels who hallucinate themselves as holy wa...

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Published: Nov 2015

Caught in the Revolution: Witnesses t...

Helen Rappaport

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Romanov Sisters, Caught in the Revolution is Helen Rappaport's masterful telling of the outbreak of the Russian Revolution through eye-witness accounts left by foreign nationals who s...

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Published: Apr 2018

The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives o...

Helen Rappaport

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 c...

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Published: Jun 2015

Borderland: A Journey Through the His...

Anna Reid

Borderland tells the story of Ukraine. A thousand years ago it was the center of the first great Slav civilization, Kievan Rus. In 1240, the Mongols invaded from the east, and for the next seven centureies, Ukraine was split between w...

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Published: Jun 2015

The Less You Know, the Better You Sle...

David Satter

Once you accept that the impossible is really possible, what happens in Russia makes perfect sense In December 2013, David Satter became the first American journalist to be expelled from Russia since the Cold War. The Moscow Times sai...

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Published: Aug 2017

Dancing Bears: True Stories of People...

Witold Szablowski

*As heard on NPR’s All Things Considered*“Mixing bold journalism with bolder allegories, Mr. Szabłowski teaches us with witty persistence that we must desire freedom rather than simply expect it.” —Timothy Snyder, New York T...

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Published: Mar 2018

Ukraine Crisis: What It Means for the...

Andrew Wilson

The aftereffects of the February 2014 Uprising in Ukraine are still reverberating around the world. The consequences of the popular rebellion and Russian President Putin's attempt to strangle it remain uncertain. In this book, Andrew ...

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Published: Nov 2014
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