Ten Days That Shook the World (Penguin Classics)

An impassioned firsthand account of the Russian Revolution

An American journalist and progressive author, John Reed turned a detailed buddy of Lenin and used to be an eyewitness to the 1917 revolution in Russia. Ten Days That Shook the World is Reed's outstanding checklist of that occasion. Writing within the first flush of progressive enthusiasm, he provides a gripping account of the occasions in Petrograd in November 1917, whilst Lenin and the Bolsheviks eventually seized strength. Containing verbatim experiences either one of speeches via leaders and of the opportunity reviews of bystanders, and set opposed to an idealized backdrop of squaddies, sailors, peasants, and the proletariat uniting to throw off oppression, Reed's account is the made of passionate involvement and is still an unsurpassed vintage of reporting.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the major writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the simplest works all through heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts more desirable via introductions and notes by means of uncommon students and modern authors, in addition to up to date translations via award-winning translators.

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The Russian Revolution, 1917-1945

By Anthony D'Agostino

This booklet deals a clean research of the Russian Revolution from a world viewpoint. It stresses the ancient function of Soviet Communism within the modernization of the rustic, the defeat of Nazism, and the increase of yankee energy and global leadership.

• feedback for extra interpreting that span many years of writing at the subject

• An index of names and significant ideas

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Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: Adventures in Modern Russia

By Peter Pomerantsev

A trip into the glittering, surreal middle of twenty first century Russia: into the lives of Hells Angels confident they're messiahs, specialist killers with the souls of artists, bohemian theatre administrators became Kremlin puppet-masters, stick insect sects, post-modern dictators and oligarch revolutionaries.

This is an international erupting with new funds and new energy, altering so quick it breaks all feel of truth, the place existence is visible as a whirling, glamorous masquerade the place identities could be switched and all values are changeable. it's domestic to a brand new kind of authoritarianism, some distance subtler than twentieth century lines, and that's quickly increasing to problem the worldwide order.

An striking ebook - one that is as strong and unique because it is troubling - Nothing is correct and every thing is Possible bargains a wild experience into this political and moral vacuum.

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Investigating The Russian Mafia

Within the Nineties, the so-called Russian mafia ruled newspaper headlines, political research, and educational articles around the globe. It used to be the hot scourge, a risk so tremendous that it used to be believed to carry the Russian financial system hostage. Former FBI Director Louis Freeh introduced that the Russian mafia used to be an important possibility to the nationwide safeguard of the United States.

Before the tip of the last decade, Director Freeh reversed himself, announcing that during truth the value of the risk from the Russian mafia were overvalued. Heading into the hot millennium, the foreign hue and cry approximately gangsters from the previous Soviet Union subsided dramatically, rather after the terrorist assaults of September eleven. Al-Qaeda shifted the highlight from prepared crime to terrorism and U.S. native land defense. Has the Russian mafia been eliminated or has it easily fallen under the radar?

Countless books and articles have mentioned at the Russian mafia in breathless phrases bordering on hysteria. Casting a extensive web, Serio brings a special, extra analytical method of his exploration of the topic. In Investigating the Russian Mafia, half I starts off by means of asking a sequence of easy questions: What did the Soviets comprehend 'mafia' to intend? used to be this a Russian phenomenon or extra broadly-based, multi-ethnic teams? How did the media effect the conception of the Russian mafia? What does an in depth exam of the professional records display in regards to the nature of crime teams within the former Soviet Union?

In half II, Serio discusses an outline of attitudes and practices of the felony global, company, and policing, between others, in Russian heritage. He demonstrates that a few of the forces at paintings within the Nineteen Nineties didn't originate within the Communist period or come up end result of the cave in of the USSR. half III offers a dialogue of the crime teams that built within the post-Soviet period, the demanding situations that confronted the company global, and the legislation enforcement response.

This publication isn't really easily a dialogue of the Russian mafia. it really is an workout in severe pondering one of many significant advancements in foreign crime over the last twenty years. Readers can be challenged to check details being provided by way of the media and govt specialists, to place the present information tales in a broader ancient and cultural context, and discover ways to ask questions and arrive at their very own conclusions. Investigating the Russian Mafia is perfect for college kids, legislations enforcement, practitioners, and enterprise humans working within the former Soviet Union, in addition to the overall reader.

Serio brings a distinct point of view to his material. He lived within the former Soviet Union for seven years, witnessing the rustic and tradition from quite a few angles. within the Soviet period he used to be a vacationer and pupil in Moscow. He additionally served in a different internship within the geared up Crime keep an eye on division of the Soviet police ahead of the cave in of the USSR. within the Nineteen Nineties, he labored as a media advisor to the hot York occasions, The Washington put up, CNN, BBC, the Chicago Tribune, and others. Serio grew to become a safety advisor to the worldwide company research and enterprise intelligence company, Kroll affiliates, and later served as director of Kroll s Moscow workplace overseeing investigations around the former Soviet Union.

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The Heavens Are Empty: Discovering the Lost Town of Trochenbrod

By Avrom Bendavid-Val

A magical position, a misplaced background: Trochenbrod, the environment for Everything is Illuminated, is now rediscovered for a brand new generation.

within the nineteenth century, approximately 5 million Jews lived within the light of cost. such a lot lived in shtetls―Jewish groups hooked up to greater towns―images of that are ingrained in well known mind's eye because the shtetl Anatevka from Fiddler at the Roof. Brimming with existence and culture, family members and religion, those shtetls existed within the shadow in their town’s oppressive anti-Jewish legislation. no longer Trochenbrod.

Trochenbrod used to be the single freestanding, absolutely discovered Jewish city in historical past. it all started with a number of Jewish settlers looking for freedom from the Russian Czars' oppressive rules, which integrated the pressured conscriptions of 1 son from every one Jewish kinfolk family all through Russia. at the start, Trochenbrod was once only a tiny row of homes outfitted on empty marshland in the course of the Radziwill woodland, but for the following a hundred thirty years it thrived, changing into a bustling market the place humans from everywhere in the Ukraine and Poland got here to do enterprise. yet this scene of ethnic concord used to be quickly shattered, as Trochenbrod vanished in 1941―her citizens slaughtered, her houses, constructions, and factories razed to the floor. but even the Nazis couldn't break the spirit of Trochenbrod, which has lived on in tales and legends a couple of little piece of heaven, hidden deep within the forest.

Bendavid-Val, himself a descendant of Trochenbrod, masterfully preserves and fosters the reminiscence of this urban, celebrating the colourful lives of her humans and her tradition, proving precise the phrases of 1 of Trochenbrod’s maximum poets, Yisrael Beider: I beg you carry quick to those phrases of mine. After this darkness a gentle will shine sixteen black-and-white images

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A History of Russian Symbolism

By Avril Pyman

This e-book is the 1st specified heritage of the Russian Symbolist circulation, which served because the seedbed of Existentialism and Modernism in Russia. It reassesses the symbolists' achievements within the gentle of recent study, targeting their literary works. Prose is quoted in English translation and poetry is given within the unique Russian with prose translations. there's a useful bibliography of fundamental resources and an intensive chronological appendix. This publication will fill a long-felt hole for college kids and academics of Russian and comparative literature, symbolism, modernism, and pre-revolutionary Russian tradition.

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Noon: 22nd Century

By Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky

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Clouds above the Hill: A Historical Novel of the Russo-Japanese War, Volume 2

Clouds above the Hill is one of many best-selling novels ever in Japan, and is now translated into English for the 1st time. An epic portrait of Japan in drawback, it combines photo army historical past and hugely readable fiction to depict an aspiring state modernizing at breakneck velocity. Best-selling writer Shiba Ryōtarō committed a complete decade of his existence to this striking blockbuster, which beneficial properties Japan's rising onto the area level through the early years of the twentieth century.

In quantity II, Meiji Japan is on a collision direction with Russia, as Russian troops stationed in Manchuria forget about repeated calls to withdraw. Admiral Tōgō leads a blockade and next skirmish on the strategically important and seriously fortified Port Arthur, when Yoshifuru’s cavalry in Manchuria maneuvers for place because it methods the Russian military strains. the 2 armies conflict on the conflict of Liaoyang, the place Japan seals a victory which shocks the area.

Anyone curious as to how the "tiny, emerging kingdom of Japan" used to be in a position to struggle so fiercely for its survival should still glance no extra. Clouds above the Hill is a thrilling, human portrait of a modernizing state that is going to conflict and thereby stakes its very lifestyles on a determined bid for glory in East Asia.

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Vagabond Witness: Victor Serge and the Politics of Hope


Victor Serge used to be the 1st and the best witness of the 20 th century. An anarchist in France, a syndicalist in Spain, a severe Bolshevik in Russia, an agent of the Comintern in Germany and Austria, an exile, Serge as soon as acknowledged that individuals judged heritage, yet they did so with out realizing what relatively occurred and who the actors particularly have been. All his paintings - novels. reportage, poetry, feedback - was once an try and convey what fairly occurred, and why. Serge by no means misplaced desire, that normal humans may act for themselves and take keep watch over in their personal lives. at the send taking him to exile in Mexico, the place he could die remoted and in poverty, he recalled, 'The Russians and Spaniards between us understand what it truly is to take the realm into their fingers, to set the railways working and the factories working...no form of predestination impels us to turn into the offal of the focus camps.'

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