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Biohazard
The Chilling True Story of the Largest Covert Biological Weapons Program in the World--Told from the Inside by the Man Who Ran It
Written by Ken Alibek and Stephen Handelman


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: April 11, 2000
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33496-9 (0-385-33496-6)

For two decades, while a fearful world prepared for nuclear winter, an elite team of Russian bioweaponeers began to till a new killing field: a bleak tract sown with powerful seeds of mass destruction--by doctors who had committed themselves to creating a biological Armageddon. Biohazard is the never-before-told story of Russia's... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Koba the Dread
Laughter and the Twenty Million
Written by Martin Amis


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3220-4 (1-4000-3220-2)

A brilliant weave of personal involvement, vivid biography and political insight, Koba the Dread is the successor to Martin Amis’s award-winning memoir, Experience.

Koba the Dread captures the appeal of one of the most powerful belief systems of the 20th century—one that spread through the world, both captivating it and staining it... Read more >
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The Man Who Tried to Save the World
The Dangerous Life and Mysterious Disappearance of an American Hero
Written by Scott Anderson


Format: Trade Paperback, 402 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 16, 2000
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-48666-8 (0-385-48666-9)

A swashbuckling Texan, a teller of tall tales, a womanizer, and a renegade, Fred Cuny spent his life in countries rent by war, famine, and natural disasters, saving many thousands of lives through his innovative and sometimes controversial methods of relief work. Cuny earned his nickname "Master of Disaster" for his... Read more >

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Gulag
A History
Written by Anne Applebaum


Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 9, 2004
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3409-3 (1-4000-3409-4)

Pulitzer Prize-winner, Non-Fiction 2004
National Book Critics Circle Nominee, Non-Fiction
National Book Award Finalist, Non-Fiction 2003

Winnner of the Duff Cooper Prize 2003

The Gulag—the vast array of Soviet concentration camps—was a system of repression and punishment whose rationalized evil and institutionalized inhumanity were rivaled only by the Holocaust.

The Gulag entered the world’s historical... Read more >
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Iron Curtain
The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956
Written by Anne Applebaum


Format: Hardcover, 608 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: October 30, 2012
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-51569-6 (0-385-51569-3)

In the long-awaited follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize-winning Gulag, acclaimed journalist Anne Applebaum delivers a groundbreaking history of how Communism took over Eastern Europe after World War II and transformed in frightening fashion the individuals who came under its sway.

At the end of World War II, the Soviet Union to its... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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History of the Present
Essays, Sketches, and Dispatches from Europe in the 1990s
Written by Timothy Garton Ash


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 11, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72762-7 (0-375-72762-0)

The 1990s. An extraordinary decade in Europe. At its beginning, the old order collapsed along with the Berlin Wall. Everything seemed possible. Everyone hailed a brave new Europe. But no one knew what this new Europe would look like. Now we know. Most of Western Europe has launched into the unprecedented... Read more >
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Absolute War
Soviet Russia in the Second World War
Written by Chris Bellamy


Format: Trade Paperback, 880 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 14, 2008
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72471-8 (0-375-72471-0)

In Absolute War, acclaimed historian and journalist Chris Bellamy crafts the first full account since the fall of the Soviet Union of World War II's battle on the Eastern Front, one of the deadliest conflicts in history.

The conflict on the Eastern Front, fought between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany... Read more >
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Chasing the Sea
Lost Among the Ghosts of Empire in Central Asia
Written by Tom Bissell


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72754-2 (0-375-72754-X)

In 1960, the Aral Sea was the size of Lake Michigan: a huge body of water in the deserts of Central Asia. By 1996, when Tom Bissell arrived in Uzbekistan as a naïve Peace Corps volunteer, disastrous Soviet irrigation policies had shrunk the sea to a third its size. Bissell lasted... Read more >
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The Dark Valley
A Panorama of the 1930s
Written by Piers Brendon


Format: Trade Paperback, 848 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2002
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70808-4 (0-375-70808-1)

In this sweeping history, distinguished historian Piers Brendon brings the tragic, dismal days of the 1930s to life.

Like the classic work of Barbara Tuchman, The Dark Valley captures the vast scope of history as well as the minutia of everyday life, rendering a huge topic comprehensible and creating a gripping... Read more >
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Hitler and Stalin
Parallel Lives
Written by Alan Bullock


Format: Trade Paperback, 1152 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 2, 1993
Price: $27.50
ISBN: 978-0-679-72994-5 (0-679-72994-1)

A dual biography of the two most destructive figures of our century, Hitler and Stalin examines its subjects' origins and personalities, traces the arc of their careers, analyzes the methods by which they seized and clung to power, and assesses the scars they left on their world with a clarity and... Read more >

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Battleground Prussia
The Assault on Germany's Eastern Front 1944-45
Written by Prit Buttar


Format: Trade Paperback, 482 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: February 21, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-790-2 (1-84908-790-3)

The terrible months between the arrival of the Red Army on German soil and the final collapse of Hitler’s regime were like no other in the Second World War. The Soviet Army’s intent to take revenge for the horror that the Nazis had wreaked on their people produced a conflict of... Read more >
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Between Giants: The Battle for the Baltics in World War II

Written by Prit Buttar


Format: Hardcover, 488 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: May 21, 2013
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-78096-163-7 (1-78096-163-4)

With the exception of Poland, no region or territory suffered more greatly during World War II than the Baltic States. Caught between the giants of the Soviet Union and the Third Reich, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia became pawns in the desperate battle for control of Eastern Europe throughout the course of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Greatest Game
The Montreal Canadiens, the Red Army, and the Night That Saved Hockey
Written by Todd Denault


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-7710-2635-5 (0-7710-2635-8)

This game wasn’t about money, points, or trophies. Instead it was played for pride, both personal and national. It was a confrontation twenty years in the making and it marked a turning point in the history of hockey.

On December 31, 1975, the Montreal Canadiens, the most successful franchise in the NHL... Read more >
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Madness Visible
A Memoir of War
Written by Janine di Giovanni


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 8, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72455-8 (0-375-72455-9)

As a senior foreign correspondent for The Times of London, Janine di Giovanni was a firsthand witness to the brutal and protracted break-up of Yugoslavia. With unflinching sensitivity, Madness Visible follows the arc of the wars in the Balkans through the experience of those caught up in them: soldiers numbed by... Read more >
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Down with Big Brother
The Fall of the Soviet Empire
Written by Michael Dobbs


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1998
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75151-9 (0-679-75151-3)

As Washington Post correspondent in Moscow, Warsaw, and Yugoslavia in the final decade of the Soviet empire, Michael Dobbs had a ringside seat to the extraordinary events that led to the unraveling of the Bolshevik Revolution.  From Tito's funeral to the birth of Solidarity in the Gdansk shipyard, from the tragedy of... Read more >
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Where the Iron Crosses Grow
The Crimea 1941-44
Written by Robert Forczyk


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: September 23, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-625-1 (1-78200-625-7)

Nazi and Soviet armies fought over the Crimean Peninsula for three long years using sieges, dozens of amphibious landings, and large scale maneuvers. This definitive English-language work on the savage battle for the Crimea, Where the Iron Crosses Grow sheds new light on this vital aspect of the Eastern Front.

The Crimea... Read more >
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Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler
The Age of Social Catastrophe
Written by Robert Gellately


Format: Trade Paperback, 752 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 2008
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3213-6 (1-4000-3213-X)

This remarkably ambitious book tells the story of the great social and political catastrophe that enveloped Europe between 1914 and 1945. In a period of almost continuous upheaval, society was transformed by two world wars, the Russian Revolution, the Holocaust, and the rise and fall of the Third Reich. Combining a... Read more >
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An Armenian Sketchbook

Written by Vasily Grossman
Translated by Robert Chandler and Elizabeth Chandler
Introduction by Robert Chandler and Yury Bit-Yunan


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: February 19, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-618-4 (1-59017-618-9)

Few writers had to confront as many of the last century’s mass tragedies as Vasily Grossman, who wrote about the Shoah, the Battle of Stalingrad, and the Terror Famine in the Ukraine. An Armenian Sketchbook, however, shows a very different Grossman, notable for his tenderness, warmth, and sense of fun.

After... Read more >
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Life and Fate

Written by Vasily Grossman
Introduction by Robert Chandler


Format: Trade Paperback, 896 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: May 16, 2006
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-201-8 (1-59017-201-9)

A book judged so dangerous in the Soviet Union that not only the manuscript but the ribbons on which it had been typed were confiscated by the state, Life and Fate is an epic tale of World War II and a profound reckoning with the dark forces that dominated the twentieth... Read more >
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A Writer at War
A Soviet Journalist with the Red Army, 1941-1945
Written by Vasily Grossman


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 2007
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27533-2 (0-307-27533-7)

Edited and translated from the Russian by Antony Beevor and Luba Vinogradova A Writer at War is a masterpiece of the Second World War, never before published in English, from one of the great Russian writers of the 20th century—a vivid eyewitness account of the Eastern Front and “the ruthless truth... Read more >
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Epic Rivalry
The Inside Story of the Soviet and American Space Race
Written by Von Hardesty and Gene Eisman
Foreword by Sergei Khrushchev


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: September 18, 2007
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0119-6 (1-4262-0119-2)

When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon in 1969, they personified an almost unimaginable feat—the incredibly complex task of sending humans safely to another celestial body. This extraordinary odyssey, which grew from the rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, was galvanized... Read more >
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Disturbing the Peace
A Conversation with Karel Huizdala
Written by Vaclav Havel


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 3, 1991
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73402-4 (0-679-73402-3)

In Prague in 1976, the quizzical, absurdist playwright Vaclav Havel agreed to be the spokesman for a group calling for a more tolerant and open Czechoslovakia. Thirteen years later, after years of official harassment and imprisonment, Havel became his country's first president. These eloquent, probing, and often witty interviews, conducted by... Read more >

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Open Letters
Selected Writings, 1965-1990
Written by Vaclav Havel


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 2, 1992
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73811-4 (0-679-73811-8)

Here are Havel's most important essays, brought together for the first time in authorized translations and spanning twenty-five years of political activism--from the early sixties, when he was a relatively unknown dissident playwright, to his 1990 New Year's Day speech.  Included are several previously untranslated pieces, unpublished prison letters, the famous "Open... Read more >

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Summer Meditations

Written by Vaclav Havel


Format: Trade Paperback, 180 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 1993
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74497-9 (0-679-74497-5)

In a work written while he was president of a united Czechoslovakia, Havel addresses the legacy of Communism as the euphoria of the Velvet Revolution gives way to a more problematic reality.  As he offers profound reflections upon the nature and practice of politics throughout the world, he also extends a stirring... Read more >

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To the Castle and Back

Written by Vaclav Havel


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 6, 2008
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38845-2 (0-307-38845-X)

From the former president of the Czech Republic comes this first-hand account of his years in office and the transition to democracy following the fall of Communism.

A renowned playwright, Václav Havel became one of Czechoslovakia's most prominent dissidents under Communist rule – and the president after the Velvet Revolution, making him... Read more >
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