The Strongman: Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia

By Angus Roxburgh

Russia less than Vladimir Putin has proved a prickly companion for the West, a miles cry from the democracy many was hoping for whilst the Soviet Union collapsed. Angus Roxburgh charts the dramatic struggle for Russia’s destiny less than Vladimir Putin—how the previous KGB guy replaced from reformer to autocrat, how he sought the West’s appreciate yet earned its worry, how he cracked down on his opponents at domestic and burnished a flamboyant character cult, sooner or later saving snow leopards or horse-back driving bare-chested, the subsequent tongue-lashing Western audiences. Drawing on dozens of specific interviews in Russia, the place he labored for a time as a Kremlin insider advising Putin on press relatives, in addition to within the US and Europe, Roxburgh additionally argues that the West threw away percentages to deliver Russia in from the chilly, via failing to appreciate its fears and aspirations following the cave in of communism. totally up to date following the 2012 presidential election, the hot version of this acclaimed ebook presents a different and penetrating inside of view of Putin’s Russia.

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Among the Russians

By Colin Thubron

Here is a clean point of view at the final tumultuous years of the Soviet Union and an exquisitely poetic travelogue.With a willing take hold of of Russia's background, a deep appreciation for its structure and iconography, and an inexhaustible enthusiasm for its humans and its tradition, Colin Thubron is definitely the right advisor to a rustic such a lot people won't ever get to understand firsthand. the following, we will be able to stroll down western Russia's nation roads, leisure in its villages, and discover essentially the most attractive towns on the earth. superbly written and infinitely insightful, Among the Russians is shiny, compelling commute writing that may additionally attract readers of background and present events—and to an individual captivated by way of the form and texture of 1 of the world's such a lot enigmatic culture.

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An Appeal to the Toiling, Oppressed and Exhausted Peoples of Europe (Penguin Great Ideas)

By Leon Trotsky

No matter if calling for an finish to the capitalist method, addressing the crowds after the Russian Revolution, or attacking Stalin in the course of his years of exile, Trotsky's speeches provide a rare perception right into a guy whose phrases and activities decided the fates of thousands.

Throughout background, a few books have replaced the realm. they've got reworked the way in which we see ourselves — and every different. they've got encouraged debate, dissent, battle and revolution. they've got enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. they've got enriched lives — and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the nice thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose rules shook civilization and helped make us who we are.

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The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956, Volume 1: An Experiment in Literary Investigation

By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

The Gulag Archipelago is Solzhenitsyn's masterwork, an unlimited canvas of camps, prisons, transit centres and mystery police, of informers and spies and interrogators and in addition of heroism, a Stalinist anti-world on the middle of the Soviet Union the place the most important to survival lay now not in desire yet in depression. The paintings is predicated at the testimony of a few 2 hundred survivors, and at the recollection of Solzhenitsyn's personal 11 years in labour camps and exile. it's either a completely researched rfile and a feat of literary and inventive power.

Volume 1 of the gripping epic masterpiece, Solzhenitsyn's chilling record of his arrest and interrogation, which uncovered to the area the monstrous paperwork of mystery police that haunted Soviet society

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The Edge of Armageddon: Lessons from the Brink

By Bruce J. Allyn

The sting of Armageddon stocks for the 1st time the behind-the-scenes tales of the way Bruce Allyn labored to compile former enemies to discuss the earlier as a way to create a extra peaceable destiny. the teachings that my father Nikita Khrushchev realized, and that John F. Kennedy and different veterans of the Cuban Missile difficulty discovered, are as proper this present day as in 1962."

—SERGEI KHRUSHCHEV, Son of former Soviet most advantageous Nikita Khrushchev, Editor of his father's mystery memoirs

"Truly pleasing, it reads like a web page turner, utilizing insiders' historical past of the chilly warfare to light up how we pulled again from the threshold then and the way we will deal successfully and peacefully with our adjustments now."

—WILLIAM URY, Co-Author of having to definite, writer of The 3rd part and Co-Founder of the Harvard software on Negotiation

Historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. referred to as the Cuban Missile quandary, "the most deadly second in human history." Bruce Allyn was once 5 years outdated while it occurred yet in 1989 could arrange and perform a Moscow assembly with the main residing participants of the 1962 challenge: Soviet overseas Minister Andrei Gromyko, the previous U.S. Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin, and Sergei Khrushchev, who had edited the key memoirs of his father, Soviet most popular Nikita Khrushchev. the U.S. was once represented on the assembly by way of former U.S. safety Secretary Bob McNamara, former nationwide defense consultant McGeorge Bundy and previous Kennedy particular counsel Ted Sorensen. Fidel Castro despatched his most sensible Politburo member and a key military common to the Moscow assembly and he then individually hosted the attention-grabbing ultimate discussion in Havana.

Allyn brings to lifestyles in the course of the contributors' personal phrases the serious classes they discovered after they stood on the point of nuclear Armageddon in 1962.

The fringe of Armageddon is "you are there" heritage with the gamers who made background. alongside the best way, we find out how the KGB made a major attempt to aim to recruit Allyn to undercover agent for the Soviet Union.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bruce Allyn has for 3 many years served as a mediator and consultant on political and financial reform in international hotspots within the former Soviet Union, heart East and Africa.

Fluent in Russian from his research of Russian literature in collage, Allyn was once lucky to be selected in 1983 because the bilingual "rapporteur" for a brand new Harvard-Soviet Joint examine on drawback Prevention. He might commence dozens of journeys to Moscow the place he built shut relationships with key Soviet reformers, who later turned Mikhail Gorbachev's most sensible advisors and ministers. For the six years Gorbachev was once in workplace, Allyn labored with the Soviet President's internal circle on reform and to convene the historical conferences of the major members within the 1962 missile drawback. Appointed Director of the Harvard-Soviet Joint research, Allyn could submit along with his colleagues the stunning revelations approximately how shut the realm got here to nuclear warfare within the acclaimed Cuba at the verge of collapse: Castro, the Missile trouble and the Soviet cave in (Pantheon 1993), which commentators hailed as enlightening and actual "history via those that made it."

Allyn acquired a Ph.D. in Political financial system and an M.A. in Soviet stories from Harvard and an M.A. in Philosophy and Politics from Oxford University.

His different courses comprise home windows of chance: From chilly warfare to peaceable festival in U.S.-Soviet kin (Harper and Row, 1989) and again to the threshold: complaints of the Moscow convention at the Cuban Missile main issue (Harvard collage, 1992). he's a contributor to the vintage university textual content using strength: army energy and diplomacy (Rowman and Littlefield, 2009).

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The Zone: A Prison Camp Guard's Story

By Sergei Dovlatov

Written in Sergei Dovlatov’s detailed voice and unrivaled kind, The Zone is a satirical novelization of Dovlatov’s time as a jail defend for the Soviet military within the early Nineteen Sixties. Snapshots of the felony are juxtaposed with the narrator’s letters to Igor Markovich of Hermitage Press within which he urges Igor to put up the very ebook we’re studying. As Igor gets parts of the criminal camp manuscript, so too does the reader.
Arguably Dovlatov’s most vital paintings, The Zone illuminates the twisted absurdity of the lifetime of a jail safeguard: “Almost any prisoner could were fitted to the function of a protect. virtually any safeguard deserved a jail term.” filled with Dovlatov’s trademark darkish humor and dry wit, The Zone’s narrator is an extension of his writer, and the e-book fittingly starts with the next disclaimer: “The names, occasions, and dates given listed below are all genuine. I invented purely these info that weren't crucial. as a result, any resemblance among the characters during this ebook and dwelling humans is intentional and malicious. And all fictionalizing used to be unforeseen and accidental.” What follows is a posh novel that captures aspects of Dovlatov: the author and the man.

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Hard to Be a God

By Boris Strugatsky, Arkady Strugatsky

Don Rumata has been despatched from Earth to the medieval nation of Arkanar with directions to monitor and to avoid wasting what he can. Masquerading as an boastful nobleman, a dueler, and a brawler, he's by no means defeated, yet but he can by no means kill. along with his doubt and compassion, and his deep love for a neighborhood woman named Kira, Rumata desires to retailer the dominion from the machinations of Don Reba, the 1st minister to the king. yet given his orders, what position can he play? This lengthy past due translation will reintroduce the most profound Soviet-era novels to an keen audience.

Translated via Olena Bormashenko.

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Black Earth: A Journey Through Russia After the Fall

By Andrew Meier

"That Black Earth is a rare paintings is, for somebody who has recognized Russia, past question."―George Kennan

"A compassionate glimpse into the extremes the place the hot Russia meets the old," writes Robert Legvold (Foreign Affairs) approximately Andrew Meier's mesmerizing new paintings. travelling throughout a resurgent and seemingly unfastened land, Meier has produced a virtuosic mixture of nuanced background, lyric travelogue, and unflinching reportage. all through, Meier captures the country's current limbo―a land wealthy in capability yet on the point of striking again into tyranny―in an account that's through turns heartrending and celebratory, comedian and terrifying. A 2003 long island Public Library e-book to recollect. "Black Earth is the simplest research of post-Soviet Russia on account that David Remnick's Resurrection. Andrew Meier is a very penetrating eyewitness."―Robert Conquest, writer of The nice Terror; "If President Bush have been to learn in basic terms the chapters relating to Chechnya in Meier's Black Earth, he could achieve a invaluable schooling approximately Putin's Russia."―Zbigniew Brzezinski "Even after the autumn of Communism, such a lot American reporting on Russia frequently is going no extra than who is in and who is out within the Kremlin and the company oligarchy. Andrew Meier's Russia reaches a ways past . . . this Russia is one the place, as Meier says, background has a difficult time hiding. Readers couldn't simply discover a livelier or extra insightful guide."―Adam Hochschild, writer of King Leopold's Ghost and The Unquiet Ghost: Russians consider Stalin "From the unnecessary battle in Chechnya to the wild, exhilarating, and dispiriting East and the increase of Vladimir Putin, the previous KGB officer―it's all the following in nice aspect, written within the layers the tale merits, with perception, ardour, and actual affection."―Michael Specter, employees author, The New Yorker; co-chief, The manhattan Times Moscow Bureau, 1995-98. "[Meier's] wisdom of the rustic and his abiding love for its humans stands proud on each web page of this book....But it truly is his linguistic fluency, particularly, which permits Mr. Meier to dig so deeply into Russia's black earth."―The Economist  "A exceptional travelogue that depicts the Russian humans over again attempting to construct a brand new existence with out relatively altering their previous one."―William Taubman, The ny Times publication evaluation. thirteen pictures.

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The Best Short Stories of Fyodor Dostoevsky (Modern Library)

By David Magarshack

This assortment, distinctive to the trendy Library, gathers seven of Dostoevsky's key works and exhibits him to be both adept on the brief tale as with the unconventional. Exploring the various similar subject matters as in his longer works, those small masterpieces stream from the gentle and romantic White Nights, an archetypal nineteenth-century morality story of pathos and loss, to the well-known Notes from the Underground, a narrative of guilt, ineffectiveness, and uncompromising cynicism, and the 1st significant paintings of existential literature. between Dostoevsky's prototypical characters is Yemelyan in The sincere Thief, whose tragedy activates an lack of ability to withstand crime. offered in chronological order, in David Magarshack's celebrated translation, this can be the definitive variation of Dostoevsky's most sensible tales.

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Gulag: A History

By Anne Applebaum

The Gulag--a sizeable array of Soviet focus camps that held thousands of political and legal prisoners--was a approach of repression and punishment that terrorized the full society, embodying the worst traits of Soviet communism. during this magisterial and acclaimed heritage, Anne Applebaum bargains the 1st absolutely documented portrait of the Gulag, from its origins within the Russian Revolution, via its enlargement below Stalin, to its cave in within the period of glasnost. Applebaum in detail re-creates what lifestyles was once like within the camps and hyperlinks them to the bigger historical past of the Soviet Union. instantly well-known as a landmark and long-overdue paintings of scholarship, Gulag is an important e-book for someone who needs to appreciate the background of the 20 th century.

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