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Fear No Evil: The Classic Memoir of One Man's Triumph over a Police State
Fear No Evil
The Classic Memoir of One Man's Triumph over a Police State
Paperback      ISBN: 1891620029
The noted Soviet dissident recounts his trial by Soviet authorities, his nine-year term in the Soviet gulag, his release and reunion with his wife and their new life in Israel
Borderland: A Journey Through the History of Ukraine
Borderland
A Journey Through the History of Ukraine
Paperback      ISBN: 0813337925
Borderland tells the story of Ukraine. A thousand years ago it was the center of the first great Slav civilization, Kievan Rus. In 1240, the Mongols invaded from the east, and for the next seven centureies, Ukraine was split between warring neighbors: Lithuanians, Poles, Russians, Austrians, and Tatars. Again and again, borderland turned into battlefield: during the Cossack risings of the seventeenth century, Russia’s wars with Sweden in the eighteenth, the Civil War of 1918–1920, and under Nazi occupation. Ukraine finally won independence in 1991, with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Bigger than France and a populous as Britain, it has the potential to become one of the most powerful states in Europe.In this finely written and penetrating book, Anna Reid combines research and her own experiences to chart Ukraine’s tragic past. Talking to peasants and politicians, rabbis and racketeers, dissidents and paramilitaries, survivors of Stalin’s famine and of Nazi labor camps, she reveals the layers of myth and propaganda that wrap this divided land. From the Polish churches of Lviv to the coal mines of the Russian-speaking Donbass, from the Galician shtetlech to the Tatar shantytowns of Crimea, the book explores Ukraine’s struggle to build itself a national identity, and identity that faces up to a bloody past, and embraces all the peoples within its borders.
Lenin: A New Biography
Lenin
A New Biography
Hardcover      ISBN: 0029334357
The special assistant to Boris Yeltsin radically alters the traditional image of Lenin with a biography based on secret Soviet archives, revealing the Founding Father as a cruel, totalitarian leader who was responsible for the worst excesses of the Soviet state.
Moscow 1941: A City and Its People at War
Moscow 1941
A City and Its People at War
Paperback      ISBN: 140009545x
A narrative history of the Battle of Moscow looks at the experiences of ordinary Russian men and women during the decisive 1941 campaign, interweaving the personal reminiscences of soldiers, politicians, artists, workers, writers, and schoolchildren with portraits of Stalin and his generals to reveal the impact of the war on the daily life of the city's inhabitants. Reprint.
The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of '89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague
The Magic Lantern
The Revolution of '89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague
Paperback      ISBN: 0679740481
Offers a firsthand account of the peaceful revolutions that swept Communist governments aside in Eastern Europe
Peter the Great: His Life and His World
Peter the Great
His Life and His World
Hardcover      ISBN: 0394500326
This meticulous biography of the notorious Russian ruler examines his background and accomplishments, detailing the armed conflicts during his reign and scrutinizing his transformation of medieval Russia into modern Russia
Russians: The People Behind the Power
Russians
The People Behind the Power
Hardcover      ISBN: 1455509647
Draws on the author's years as a journalist in Russia and personal stories by everyday people to examine the forces that have shaped the Russian character for centuries, offering insight into seeming paradoxes in Russian culture, policies and politics. 25,000 first printing.
In Siberia
In Siberia
Paperback      ISBN: 006095373x
In a unique and compelling travel book, the author of The Lost Heart of Asia tours a region of Russia that has long captured the Western imagination, revealing the breathtaking natural beauty, tragic history, and vast spaces that make up Siberia. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
Parting With Illusions
Parting With Illusions
Hardcover      ISBN: 0871132877
Leading Soviet commentator Vladimir Pozner reflects on his nation from Stalin to perestroika, the evolution of the Communist party, past "cultural genocide," and the world's emergence from Cold War thinking
The Soviet Political Mind: Stalinism and Post-stalin Change
The Soviet Political Mind
Stalinism and Post-stalin Change
Paperback      ISBN: 0393005828
The Soviet political mind was a mosaic of ideology and pragmatism. In his treatment of internal and foreign policies, the Soviet period and the Russian historical past, the political elite and the ordinary man, Robert C. Tucker focuses upon the thought patterns and ideological factors that, together, constituted the Soviet political mind. His concern is with the problem of change in the Soviet system and in Soviet policy. Affirming the reality and significance of post-Stalin change, he analyzes and explains this phenomenon within the broad framework of Russia's political development before and after 1917. In constructing this concept, he has evolved an interpretation of Stalinism as a special Soviet pattern whose dynamics were determined in part by the psychopathology of Stalin's personality. Thus, beyond its obvious contribution to the field of Soviet studies, this appraisal of the influence of personality factors on the political development of a country contributes significantly to the theory of dictatorship and authoritarianism.