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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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Reagan's Secret War
The Untold Story of His Fight to Save the World from Nuclear Disaster
Written by Martin Anderson and Annelise Anderson


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: July 13, 2010
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-23863-4 (0-307-23863-6)

On February 6, 1981, at his first National Security Council meeting, Ronald Reagan told his advisers: “I will make the decisions.” As Reagan’s Secret War reveals, these words provide the touchstone for understanding the extraordinary accomplishments of the Reagan administration, including the decisive events that led to the end of the... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Moscow 1941
A City and Its People at War
Written by Rodric Braithwaite


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 9, 2007
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9545-2 (1-4000-9545-X)

A brilliantly researched and realized history, an essential addition to the literature of World War II.

The 1941 Battle of Moscow—unquestionably one of the most decisive battles of the Second World War—marked the first strategic defeat of the German armed forces in their seemingly unstoppable march across Europe. The Soviets lost many... 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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The Anatomy of Revolution

Written by Crane Brinton


Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1965
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-70044-1 (0-394-70044-9)

This is Brinton's classic comparative history of the English, American, French, and Russian revolutions, revised and expanded in 1965.


"It is highly useful to have the parallels in the four revolutions chosen by Mr. Brinton--the English, American, French and Russian--demonstrated with such erudition and clarity...It should be added that the author is... 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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The Russian Civil War 1918-22

Written by David Bullock


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: November 18, 2008
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-84603-271-4 (1-84603-271-7)

The Russian Civil War was the most important event of its kind in the 20th century. It changed the lives of over half a billion people and dramatically shaped the political, human and economic geography of Europe, the Far East and Central Asia. Over a tempestuous four-year period the Communist Red... Read more >
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The Memoirs of Catherine the Great

Written by Catherine the Great
Translated by Markus Cruse and Hilde Hoogenboom


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: June 13, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6987-0 (0-8129-6987-1)

Empress Catherine II brought Europe to Russia, and Russia to Europe, during her long and eventful reign (1762—96). She fostered the culture of the Enlightenment and greatly expanded the immense empire created by Czar Ivan the Terrible, shifting the balance of power in Europe eastward. Famous for her will to power... Read more >
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Soviet Partisan 1941-44

Written by Nik Cornish


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: June 17, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4728-0143-2 (1-4728-0143-1)

The partisan war in the Soviet Union from 1941 to 1944 has been the subject of considerable political manipulation in the decades following 1945. In great part, this was due to the need to project the image of a country united behind Joseph Stalin and the Communist regime when the truth... Read more >
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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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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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The Zhivago Affair
The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book
Written by Peter Finn and Petra Couvée


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: June 17, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-90800-1 (0-307-90800-3)

Drawing on newly declassified government files, this is the dramatic story of how a forbidden book in the Soviet Union became a secret CIA weapon in the ideological battle between East and West.
 
In May 1956, an Italian publishing scout took a train to a village just outside Moscow to visit Russia’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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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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Stalin's Curse
Battling for Communism in War and Cold War
Written by Robert Gellately


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 3, 2013
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38945-9 (0-307-38945-6)

At the Big Three conferences of World War II, Joseph Stalin persuasively played the role of a great world leader, whose primary concerns lay in international strategy and power politics, and not communist ideology. Now, using recently uncovered documents, Robert Gellately conclusively shows that, in fact, the dictator was biding his... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Stalin's Curse
Battling for Communism in War and Cold War
Written by Robert Gellately


Format: Hardcover, 496 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 5, 2013
Price: $32.50
ISBN: 978-0-307-26915-7 (0-307-26915-9)

A chilling, riveting account based on newly released Russian documentation that reveals Joseph Stalin’s true motives—and the extent of his enduring commitment to expanding the Soviet empire—during the years in which he seemingly collaborated with Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and the capitalist West.

At the Big Three conferences of World War... Read more >
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Ester and Ruzya
How My Grandmothers Survived Hitler's War and Stalin's Peace
Written by Masha Gessen


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
On Sale: October 25, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33605-5 (0-385-33605-5)

In the 1930s, as waves of war and persecution were crashing over Europe, two young Jewish women began separate journeys of survival. One, a Polish-born woman from Bialystok, where virtually the entire Jewish community would soon be sent to the ghetto and from there to Hitler’s concentration camps, was determined not... 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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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: $16.95
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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Dead Hand
The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy
Written by David Hoffman


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 3, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38784-4 (0-307-38784-4)

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

The first full account of how the Cold War arms race finally came to a close, this riveting narrative history sheds new light on the people who struggled to end this era of massive overkill, and examines the legacy of the nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons that... Read more >

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Apollo's Angels
A History of Ballet
Written by Jennifer Homans


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 29, 2011
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6874-3 (0-8129-6874-3)

Finalist, 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction
Named one of “The 10 Best Books of 2010” by the editors of the New York Times Book Review
A 2011 Choice "Outstanding Academic Title"
A 2012 American Library Association Notable Book for Adults (Nonfiction)


For more than four hundred years, the art of ballet has... Read more >
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Imperium

Written by Ryszard Kapuscinski


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 8, 1995
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74780-2 (0-679-74780-X)

"One of the great journalists of our time" (The Los Angeles Times), Kapuscinski offers in Imperium an intensely personal, detailed exploration of the empire that was the Soviet Union. He begins with his own childhood memories of the postwar Soviet occupation of Pinsk, in what was then Poland's eastern frontier, and... Read more >
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