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Stalin
The Court of the Red Tsar
Written by Simon Sebag Montefiore


Format: Trade Paperback, 848 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 13, 2005
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7678-9 (1-4000-7678-1)

This widely acclaimed biography provides a vivid and riveting account of Stalin and his courtiers—killers, fanatics, women, and children—during the terrifying decades of his supreme power. In a seamless meshing of exhaustive research and narrative élan, Simon Sebag Montefiore gives us the everyday details of a monstrous life.

We see Stalin playing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Communism
A History
Written by Richard Pipes


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 5, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6864-4 (0-8129-6864-6)

With astonishing authority and clarity, Richard Pipes has fused a lifetime's scholarship into a single focused history of Communism, from its hopeful birth as a theory to its miserable death as a practice.

At its heart, the book is a history of the Soviet Union, the most comprehensive reorganization of human... Read more >
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A Concise History of the Russian Revolution

Written by Richard Pipes


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 26, 1996
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74544-0 (0-679-74544-0)

Pipes' masterly works The Russian Revolution and Russia Under the Bolshevik Regime are regarded as the classic treatments of the seminal transforming event of the twentieth century. Pipes has now distilled that two-volume account into a brilliant new history that is likely to become the standard one-volume account of the Russian... Read more >
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Russia Under the Bolshevik Regime

Written by Richard Pipes


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 4, 1995
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76184-6 (0-679-76184-5)

Pipes describes the Civil War, the attempts to export the revolution abroad, and the solidification of the Communist state in the early 1920s. He argues that the Russian Revolution was an intellectual, rather than a class uprising; that it was steeped in terror from its very outset; and that it was... Read more >
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The Russian Revolution

Written by Richard Pipes


Format: Trade Paperback, 976 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 5, 1991
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73660-8 (0-679-73660-3)

In this monumental history of the Russian Revolution, Pipes argues convincingly that the Russian Revolution was an intellectual, rather than a class, uprising; that it was steeped in terror from its very outset; and that it was not a revolution at all but a coup d'état. Pipes goes on to examine... Read more >
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Three "Whys" of the Russian Revolution

Written by Richard Pipes


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 27, 1997
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77646-8 (0-679-77646-X)

"It is my considered judgment that, had it not been for the Russian Revolution, there would very likely have been no National Socialism; probably no Second World War and no decolonization; and certainly no Cold War, which once dominated our lives. I will attempt here to distill the essence of my... Read more >

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Stalin
The First In-depth Biography Based on Explosive New Documents from Russia's Secret Archives
Written by Edvard Radzinsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 18, 1997
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47954-7 (0-385-47954-9)

From the author of the seminal The Last Tsar comes the most remarkable and definitive book yet to emerge from the fall of the U.S.S.R.  With full access to the top-secret Presidential Archives, KGB archives, never-before-seen marginalia in books from Stalin's library, diaries, hundreds of interviews, and more, Radzinsky traces the arc... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Lenin's Tomb
The Last Days of the Soviet Empire
Written by David Remnick


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 26, 1994
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75125-0 (0-679-75125-4)

Chosen by The New York Times Book Review and Time as one of the best books of the year, Lenin’s Tomb has the moral authority of Nadezhda Mandelstam and the narrative power of John Reed. This monumental account of the collapse of the Soviet Union combines the vision of the best... Read more >
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Resurrection
The Struggle for a New Russia
Written by David Remnick


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 26, 1998
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75023-6 (0-375-75023-1)

Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Remnick chronicles the new Russia that emerged from the ash heap of the Soviet Union. From the siege of Parliament to the farcically tilted elections of 1996, from the rubble of Grozny to the grandiose wealth and naked corruption of today's Moscow, Remnick chronicles a society so... Read more >
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The Haunted Land
Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism
Written by Tina Rosenberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 19, 1996
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74499-3 (0-679-74499-1)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award

In The Haunted Land Rosenberg examines how four newly democratic countries in Eastern Europe--East Germany, Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic--are dealing with the memories of forty years of communism. As these nations struggle to atone for the crimes committed during their... Read more >
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Revolution 1989
The Fall of the Soviet Empire
Written by Victor Sebestyen


Format: Trade Paperback, 498 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 2, 2010
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38792-9 (0-307-38792-5)

At the start of 1989, six European nations were Soviet vassal states. By year's end, they had all declared national independence and embarked on the road to democracy. How did it happen so quickly? Victor Sebestyen, who was on the scene as a reporter, draws on his firsthand knowledge of the... Read more >

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Twelve Days
The Story of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution
Written by Victor Sebestyen


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 6, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27795-4 (0-307-27795-X)

Twelve Days is a riveting day-by-day account of the defining moment of the Cold War—the inspiring but brutally crushed Hungarian Uprising.

Victor Sebestyen, a journalist whose own family fled Hungary, gives us a totally fresh account, incorporating newly released official documents, his family's diaries, and eyewitness testimony. We witness the thrilling... Read more >

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The Russia Hand
A Memoir of Presidential Diplomacy
Written by Strobe Talbott


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 13, 2003
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6846-0 (0-8129-6846-8)

During the past ten years, few issues have mattered more to America’s vital interests or to the shape of the twenty-first century than Russia’s fate. To cheer the fall of a bankrupt totalitarian regime is one thing; to build on its ruins a stable democratic state is quite another. The challenge... Read more >
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The Illustrious Dead
The Terrifying Story of How Typhus Killed Napoleon's Greatest Army
Written by Stephan Talty


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39405-7 (0-307-39405-0)

“Gripping . . . a compelling story of personal hubris and humbling defeat.”
—Jack Weatherford, author of the New York Times bestseller Genghis Khan and the Making of the
Modern World


In a masterful dual narrative that pits the heights of human ambition and achievement against the supremacy of nature, New York Times... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Afghanistan
A Russian Soldier's Story
Written by Vladislav Tamarov


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
On Sale: October 30, 2001
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-58008-416-1 (1-58008-416-8)

Drafted into the Soviet Army in April 1984 and sent at the age of 19 to serve in Afghanistan as a minesweeper, Vladislav Tamarov turned in secret to the pen and the camera to chronicle his 621 days of war. Photographs depicting the haunted faces of both soldiers and civilians, the... Read more >

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The White Rose of Stalingrad
The Real-Life Adventure of Lidiya Vladimirovna Litvyak, the Highest Scoring Female Air Ace of All Time
Written by Bill Yenne


Format: Hardcover, 328 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: February 19, 2013
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-810-7 (1-84908-810-1)

During World War II, most of the air forces of the nations engaged in combat had women in their ranks, but only in the Soviet Union did women fly regular, routine missions in live-fire combat. Of all the major air forces that were engaged in the war, only the Red Air... Read more >
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Russia 2010
And What It Means for the World
Written by Daniel Yergin and Thane Gustafson


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 1995
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75922-5 (0-679-75922-0)

Yergin and Gustafson present a vision of Russia's future as it makes the transition to capitalism and democracy--and how events there will affect the rest of the world. Based on a report by Cambridge Energy Research Associates, a consulting firm which advises major corporations around the world on investment in Russia... Read more >
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