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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sowing Crisis
The Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East
Written by Rashid Khalidi


Format: Trade Paperback, 328 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 1, 2010
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0311-4 (0-8070-0311-5)

Acclaimed historian and political commentator Rashid Khalidi presents the compelling case that U.S. and Soviet intervention in the Middle East not only exacerbated civil wars and provoked the breakdown of fragile democracies, but continues to this day to shape global conflict in the region. Examining the strategic interplay of cold war... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Operation Barbarossa
The German Invasion of Soviet Russia
Written by Robert Kirchubel


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: August 20, 2013
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-78200-408-0 (1-78200-408-4)

In the first 6 months of Hitler’s World War II Nazi invasion, over 5 million of Stalin’s Russian troops were killed, wounded, or captured defending their Motherland. Germany’s surprise assault on the Soviet Union in June 1941, Operation Barbarossa, aimed at nothing less than the destruction of the Soviet Union. Adolf... Read more >
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In the Garden of Beasts
Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
Written by Erik Larson


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-40885-3 (0-307-40885-X)

A 2011 New York Times Notable Book


“Larson is a marvelous writer...superb at creating characters with a few short strokes.”—New York Times Book Review

Erik Larson has been widely acclaimed as a master of narrative non-fiction, and in his new book, the bestselling author of Devil in the White City turns his hand... Read more >

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Bakunin
The Creative Passion#A Biography
Written by Mark Leier


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: December 1, 2009
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-894-4 (1-58322-894-2)

The spellbinding story of both the man and the theory, Bakunin chronicles one of the most notorious radicals in history: Mikhail Bakunin, the founder of anarchism, here revealed as a practical moral philosophy rooted in a critique of wealth and power.

Mark Leier corrects many of the popular misconceptions about Bakunin and... Read more >
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The Romanovs
Autocrats of All the Russians
Written by W. Bruce Lincoln


Format: Trade Paperback, 864 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 5, 1983
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-27908-6 (0-385-27908-6)

For three centuries—beginning with the accession of Mikhail Feodorovich Romanov in 1613—the Romanov Dynasty ruled Russia. Its reign ended with the execution of Nicholas II and Alexandra in the early 20th century. Noted Russian scholar W. Bruce Lincoln has brilliantly portrayed the achievement, significance and high drama of the Dynasty as... Read more >

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Paris 1919
Six Months That Changed the World
Written by Margaret MacMillan
Foreword by Richard Holbrooke


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76052-5 (0-375-76052-0)

• Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize
• Winner of the PEN Hessell Tiltman Prize
• Winner of the Duff Cooper Prize

Between January and July 1919, after “the war to end all wars,” men and women from around the world converged on Paris to shape the peace. Center stage, for the first time... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

The Mountain of Silence
A Search for Orthodox Spirituality
Written by Kyriacos C. Markides


Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: March 12, 2002
Price: $12.99
ISBN: 978-0-385-50491-1 (0-385-50491-8)

In an engaging combination of dialogues, reflections, conversations, history, and travel information, Kyriacos C. Markides continues the exploration of a spiritual tradition and practice he began in Riding with the Lion. Like the writing of the great mystics, the book brilliantly evokes the confluence of an inner and outer journey. The... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

Written by Robert K. Massie


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 18, 2012
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-40877-8 (0-345-40877-2)

“[A] tale of power, perseverance and passion . . . a great story in the hands of a master storyteller.”—The Wall Street Journal

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure German princess... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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The Balkans
A Short History
Written by Mark Mazower


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 6, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6621-3 (0-8129-6621-X)

Throughout history, the Balkans have been a crossroads, a zone of endless military, cultural, and economic mixing and clashing between Europe and Asia, Christianity and Islam, Catholicism and Orthodoxy. In this highly acclaimed short history, Mark Mazower sheds light on what has been called the tinderbox of Europe, whose troubles have... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Humanism and Terror
An Essay on the Communist Problem
Written by Maurice Merleau-Ponty
Translated by John O'Neill


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 30, 1990
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0277-3 (0-8070-0277-1)

First published in France In 1947, Merleau-Ponty’s essay was in part a response to Arthur Koestler’s novel, Darkness at Noon, and in a larger sense a contribution to the political and moral debates of a postwar world suddenly divided into two armed camps. For Merleau-Ponty, the basic question was: given the... Read more >

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The Captive Mind

Written by Czeslaw Milosz


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 11, 1990
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72856-6 (0-679-72856-2)

This best known prose work by the winner of the 1980 Nobel Prize for Literature examines the moral and intellectual conflicts faced by men and women living under totalitarianism of the right or left. It reveals in fascinating detail the often beguiling allure of totalitarian rule to people of all political... Read more >

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Potemkin
Catherine the Great's Imperial Partner
Written by Simon Sebag Montefiore


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7717-5 (1-4000-7717-6)

Prince Grigory Potemkin was Catherine the Great's lover, secret husband, and partner in ruling the Russian Empire. Their affair was so tumultuous, they negotiated an arrangement that allowed them to share power while they were free to take other lovers. But they never stopped loving each other, and their enduring relationship... Read more >

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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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A Question of Honor
The Kosciuszko Squadron: Forgotten Heroes of World War II
Written by Lynne Olson and Stanley Cloud


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72625-5 (0-375-72625-X)

A Question of Honor is the gripping, little-known story of the refugee Polish pilots who joined the RAF and played an essential role in saving Britain from the Nazis, only to be betrayed by the Allies after the war.

After Poland fell to the Nazis, thousands of Polish pilots, soldiers, and sailors... Read more >
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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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: $21.00
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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Is Journalism Worth Dying For?
Final Dispatches
Written by Anna Politkovskaya
Translated by Arch Tait


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: March 16, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-935554-40-0 (1-935554-40-9)

A collection of final dispatches by the famed journalist, including the first translation of the work that may have led to her murder

Anna Politkovskaya won international fame for her courageous reporting. Is Journalism Worth Dying For? is a long-awaited collection of her final writing.

Beginning with a brief introduction by the author... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Last Tsar
The Life and Death of Nicholas II
Written by Edvard Radzinsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 15, 1993
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-46962-3 (0-385-46962-4)

Translated by Marian Schwartz. Russian historian Edvard Radzinsky has compiled sources never before available-including the tsar's and tsaritsa's diaries and firsthand accounts of the slayings-to create a vivid portrait of the monarch and the royal family's last days. Included is documentation that links the actual order to execute the imperial family... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Rasputin File

Written by Edvard Radzinsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 4, 2001
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-48910-2 (0-385-48910-2)

From the bestselling author of Stalin and The Last Tsar comes The Rasputin File, a remarkable biography of the mystical monk and bizarre philanderer whose role in the demise of the Romanovs and the start of the revolution can only now be fully known.

For almost a century, historians could only speculate... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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World War II Behind Closed Doors
Stalin, The Nazis and the West
Written by Laurence Rees


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38962-6 (0-307-38962-6)

In this revelatory chronicle of World War II, Laurence Rees documents the dramatic and secret deals that helped make the war possible and prompted some of the most crucial decisions made during the conflict.

Drawing on material available only since the opening of archives in Eastern Europe and Russia, as well as... Read more >
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