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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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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: $20.00
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 >
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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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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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Double Cross
The True Story of the D-Day Spies
Written by Ben Macintyre


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: July 31, 2012
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88875-4 (0-307-88875-4)

In his celebrated bestsellers Agent Zigzag and Operation Mincemeat, Ben Macintyre told the dazzling true stories of a remarkable WWII double agent and of how the Allies employed a corpse to fool the Nazis and assure a decisive victory. In Double Cross, Macintyre returns with the untold story of the grand... Read more >

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Hope Against Hope
A Memoir
Written by Nadezhda Mandelstam
Translated by Max Hayward
Introduction by Clarence Brown


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 30, 1999
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75316-9 (0-375-75316-8)

Hope Against Hope  is one of the greatest testaments to the value of literature and imaginative freedom ever written. Praising Nadezhda Mandelstam's classic memoir, Joseph Brodsky wrote that it "amount[s] to a Day of Judgement on earth for her age," adding, "her memoirs are something more than a testimony to her times... Read more >

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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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Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

Written by Robert K. Massie


Format: Hardcover, 656 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-45672-8 (0-679-45672-4)

A 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Book (Top Ten Pick)
A 2011 New York Times Notable Book

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 young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Nicholas and Alexandra

Written by Robert K. Massie


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 1, 2000
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-43831-7 (0-345-43831-0)

Nicholas and Alexandra offers a fascinating account of the last of the Romanov dynasty, the love affair of Tsar Nicholas II and his wife, Alexandra, their family, their involvement with Rasputin, and the revolution that transformed imperial Russia. Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Peter the Great: His Life and World

Written by Robert K. Massie


Format: Trade Paperback, 928 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 12, 1981
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-29806-5 (0-345-29806-3)

Against the monumental canvas of 17th- and 18th-century Europe and Russia, unfolds the magnificent story of Peter the Great–one of the most extraordinary rulers in history. He brought Russia from the darkness of its own Middle Ages into the Enlightenment and transformed it into the power that has its legacy in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21

Written by Alexander Miladenov
Illustrated by Adam Tooby


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: June 17, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-374-8 (1-78200-374-6)

The MiG-21, nicknamed 'Fishbed' by NATO, was the primary Soviet jet fighter from 1972 onward, opposing the F-15 Eagle and F-14 Tomcat worldwide in a variety of conflicts.

The MiG-21 firmly holds the title of the world's most widely built and used jet fighter, with over 10,000 units rolling off the lines... 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 >
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Young Stalin

Written by Simon Sebag Montefiore


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 14, 2008
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9613-8 (1-4000-9613-8)

Based on ten years' astonishing new research, here is the thrilling story of how a charismatic, dangerous boy became a student priest, romantic poet, gangster mastermind, prolific lover, murderous revolutionary, and the merciless politician who shaped the Soviet Empire in his own brutal image: How Stalin became Stalin.

“Brilliantly researched. . ... Read more >
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Gertruda's Oath
A Child, a Promise, and a Heroic Escape During World War II
Written by Ram Oren
Translated by Barbara Harshav


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Religion
On Sale: August 3, 2010
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-385-52719-4 (0-385-52719-5)

"Written with impressive talent and suspense, this true story will appeal to many." --Elie Wiesel

Michael Stolowitzky, the only son of a wealthy Jewish family in Poland, was just three years old when war broke out and the family lost everything. His father, desperate to settle his business affairs, travels to France... Read more >
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My Silent War
The Autobiography of a Spy
Written by Kim Philby
Foreword by Graham Greene
Introduction by Phillip Knightley


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 24, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75983-3 (0-375-75983-2)

In the annals of espionage, one name towers above all others: that of H.A.R. “Kim” Philby, the ringleader of the legendary Cambridge spies. A member of the British establishment, Philby joined the Secret Intelligence Service in 1940, rose to the head of Soviet counterintelligence, and, as MI6’s liaison with the CIA... 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 >
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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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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 >
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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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