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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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Stalin and His Hangmen
The Tyrant and Those Who Killed for Him
Written by Donald Rayfield

Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: December 13, 2005
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75771-6 (0-375-75771-6)

Stalin did not act alone. The mass executions, the mock trials, the betrayals and purges, the jailings and secret torture that ravaged the Soviet Union during the three decades of Stalin’s dictatorship, were the result of a tight network of trusted henchmen (and women), spies, psychopaths, and thugs. At the top... Read more >
Also available as 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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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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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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The Stray Dog Cabaret
A Book of Russian Poems
Afterword by Honor Moore
Translated by Paul Schmidt
Introduction by Catherine Ciepiela

Format: Trade Paperback, 168 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: December 5, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-191-2 (1-59017-191-8)

A New York Review Books Original

A master anthology of Russia’s most important poetry, newly collected and never before published in English

In the years before the 1917 Russian Revolution, the Stray Dog cabaret in St. Petersburg was the haunt of poets, artists, and musicians, a place to meet, drink, read, brawl, celebrate... Read more >

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Reagan's War
The Epic Story of His Forty-Year Struggle and Final Triumph Over Communism
Written by Peter Schweizer

Format: Trade Paperback, 372 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 21, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72228-5 (0-385-72228-1)

A meticulously researched and penetrating analysis of the Cold War, and the man who ended it. Peter Schweizer delves into the origins of Ronald Reagan’s vision of America, and documents his consistent, aggressive belief in confronting the Soviet Union diplomatically, economically, and militarily.

Ronald Reagan is often dismissed as an “amiable dunce,”... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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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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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: $18.00
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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Faithful Ruslan

Written by Georgi Vladimov
Translated by Michael Glenny

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: September 27, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-935554-67-7 (1-935554-67-0)

Unavailable for twenty years, this harrowing allegory of obedience to authority is esteemed as “one of the defining literary texts of the post-Stalin period.” (The Guardian)

A starving stray, tortured and abandoned by the godlike “Master” whom he has unconditionally loved, Ruslan and his cadre of fellow guard dogs dutifully wait for... 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 >
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The Haunted Wood
Soviet Espionage in America--The Stalin Era
Written by Allen Weinstein and Alexander Vassiliev

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 14, 2000
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75536-1 (0-375-75536-5)

Based upon previously secret KGB records, The Haunted Wood reveals for the first time the riveting story of Soviet espionage's "golden age" in the United States throughout the 1930s, World War II, and the early Cold War. Historian Allen Weinstein, author of Perjury: The Hiss-Chambers Case, and Alexander Vassiliev, a former... Read more >

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Hitler's War on Russia

Written by Charles Winchester

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: August 21, 2007
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-84603-195-3 (1-84603-195-8)

The Russian front was the decisive theater of World War II with the great mass of the German army and Luftwaffe locked in battle with the Red Army in the largest land campaign in history. On a 1,200-mile front from the Arctic Circle to the Caspian Sea, in baking summer heat... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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Battle of the Bulge

Written by Steven Zaloga

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: August 24, 2010
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-165-8 (1-84908-165-4)

The Battle of the Bulge was the last major German offensive in the West and the largest and the most costly battle fought by the US Army in World War II. Fought during the bitter winter of 1944-45, and resulting in over 100,000 German casualties and over 80,000 American casualties, it... Read more >
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