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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 >
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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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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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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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One Man's Quest for a Vanished Jewish Community
Written by Theo Richmond

Format: Trade Paperback, 572 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 27, 1996
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75823-5 (0-679-75823-2)

In 1939 the Polish town of Konin vanished in the wake of Nazi occupation. Twenty-five years later, Theo Richmond set out to find what he could about that vanished world. He traveled across the United States, Europe, and Israel, tracing survivors and sifting through archives and the stories of those he... Read more >

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Stalin's General
The Life of Georgy Zhukov
Written by Geoffrey Roberts

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6692-6 (1-4000-6692-1)

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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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Echoes of a Native Land
Two Centuries of a Russian Village
Written by Serge Schmemann

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 22, 1999
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75707-8 (0-679-75707-4)

Tracing the lives of his Russian forebears, Serge Schmemann, Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent for the New York Times, tells a remarkable story that spans the past two hundred years of Russian history.

First, he draws on a family archive rich in pictorial as well as documentary treasure to bring us into the... 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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Memoirs of a Revolutionary

Written by Victor Serge
Edited by Richard Greeman
Translated by Peter Sedgwick and George Paizis
Foreword by Adam Hochschild

Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-451-7 (1-59017-451-8)

Victor Serge is one of the great men of the twentieth century: anarchist, revolutionary, agitator, theoretician, historian of his times, and a fearless truth-teller. Here Serge describes his upbringing in Belgium, the child of a family of exiled Russian revolutionary intellectuals, his early life as an activist, his time in a... Read more >

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Written by Marzena Sowa
Illustrated by Sylvain Savoia

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vertigo
On Sale: October 25, 2011
Price: $17.99
ISBN: 978-1-4012-2959-7 (1-4012-2959-X)

“I am Marzi, born in 1979, ten years before the end of communism in Poland. My father works at a factory, my mother at a dairy. Social problems are at their height. Empty stores are our daily bread. I’m scared of spiders and the world of adults doesn’t seem like a... Read more >

Philip Mironov and the Russian Civil War

Written by Sergei Starikov

Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 2, 2013
Price: $13.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-5011-8 (0-8041-5011-7)

He was an authentic hero of World War I and the Russian Revolution. He commanded a successful Red Army that treated prisoners mercifully, refrained from pillaging the countryside, and educated the people about the objectives of the Bolshevik regime. His eloquent advocacy of the ideas and aspirations of farmers and workers... Read more >

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Musorgsky and His Circle
A Russian Musical Adventure
Written by Stephen Walsh

Format: Hardcover, 496 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: December 17, 2013
Price: $37.50
ISBN: 978-0-385-35385-4 (0-385-35385-5)

The emergence of Russian classical music in the nineteenth century in the wake of Mikhail Glinka comprises one of the most remarkable and fascinating stories in all musical history. The five men who came together in the Russian capital of St. Petersburg in the 1860s, all composers of talent, some of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hitler and the Holocaust

Written by Robert S. Wistrich

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 5, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6863-7 (0-8129-6863-8)

Hitler and the Holocaust is the product of a lifetime’s work by one of the world’s foremost authorities on the history of anti-Semitism and modern Jewry.

Robert S. Wistrich begins by reckoning with Europe’s long history of violence against the Jews, and how that tradition manifested itself in Germany and Austria... 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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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