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Travels to Moscow

by Alison Giles

"Moscow is brutally ugly and exquisitely beautiful. A dichotomy of a human architecture that is outdated, crumbling and alienating alongside that which is progressive, upgraded and connected... "

In this travel...

The Empress of Art: Catherine the Great and the Transformation of Russia

by Susan Jaques

Ruthless and passionate, Catherine the Great is singularly responsible for amassing one of the most awe-inspiring collections of art in the world and turning St. Petersburg in to a world wonder.  The Empress...

After Stalingrad: Seven Years as a Soviet Prisoner of War

by Albert Holl

The battle for Stalingrad has been studied and recalled in exhaustive detail ever since the Red Army trapped the German 6th Army in the ruined city in 1942. But most of these accounts finish at the end of the...

Familiar Strangers

Neva: Bilingual Edition: English/Spanish

by Guillermo Calderón & Andrea Thome

An incendiary new play set at the outset of the Russian Revolution, published here in English and Spanish.

Russia: Broken Idols, Solemn Dreams (Revised Edition)

by David K. Shipler

A classic portrait of life in Soviet Russia by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Shipler

During the Cold War, David Shipler spent four years in Moscow as a New York Times correspondent and bureau chief....

Worker-Mothers on the Margins of Europe: Gender and Migration between Moldova and Istanbul

by Leyla J. Keough

Following Moldovan women who "commute" for six to twelve months at a time to work as domestics in Istanbul, Worker-Mothers on the Margins of Europe explores the world of undocumented migrants from a postsocialist...


by Nick Samoylov, Lyman Don & Sterling Bill

It is 1992, just after the USSR was dissolved and free market economy was declared. Without corresponding legislature, law enforcement and even cultural tradition, the country dived into a chaos of an unrestrained...

Russia: Putin's Playground: Empire, Revolution, & the New Tsar

by Anastasia Edel

Empire, Revolution, and the New Tsar

Is Russia in the hands of a lunatic?

Ever since Vladimir Putin's presidential incarnation, pundits and political analysts have asked this question with increasing frequency....

Spying Through a Glass Darkly: American Espionage against  the Soviet Union, 1945-1946

by David Alvarez & Eduard Mark

For the period between World War II and the full onset of the Cold War, histories of American intelligence seem to go dark. Yet in those years a little known clandestine organization, the Strategic Services...

One Day We Will Live Without Fear: Everyday Lives Under the Soviet Police State

by Mark Harrison

What was life in the Soviet Union really like? Through a series of true stories, One Day We Will Live Without Fear describes what people’s day-to-day life was like under the regime of the Soviet police state....

Krystyna's Story

by Halina Ogonowska-Coates

A piecing together of a Polish child's journey through Europe at war, and a young woman's bewildering encounter with rural New Zealand.'As a child I loved my mother but she seemed different from other mothers....

Russia's Sisters of Mercy and the Great War: More Than Binding Men's Wounds

by Laurie S. Stoff

They are war stories, filled with danger and deprivation, excitement and opportunity, sorrow and trauma, scandal and controversy—and because they are the war stories of nurses, they remain largely untold....

The Crimean Tatars

Nietzsche's Orphans: Music, Metaphysics, and the Twilight of the Russian Empire

by Rebecca Mitchell

A prevailing belief among Russia's cultural elite in the early twentieth century was that the music of composers such as Sergei Rachmaninoff, Aleksandr Scriabin, and Nikolai Medtner could forge a shared identity...

Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War

by Svetlana Alexievich

Winner of the Nobel Prize: “For her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time.” —Swedish Academy, Nobel Prize citation From 1979 to 1989 a million Soviet troops engaged in a...

Hitler?s Russian & Cossack Allies 1941?45

by Nigel Thomas & Johnny Shumate

Given the merciless way in which the war on the Eastern Front of World War II was conducted, it is difficult to envisage anyone changing sides during the conflict. Yet after the German invasion of Russia in...

Exploring Russia in the Elizabethan Commonwealth

Andrei Sakharov: The Conscience of Humanity

by Sidney D. Drell & George P. Shultz

Andrei Sakharov holds an honored place in the pantheon of the world’s greatest scientists, reformers, and champions of human rights. But his embrace of human rights did not come through a sudden conversion;...

The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin

by Steven Lee Myers

“A riveting, immensely detailed biography of Putin that explains in full-bodied, almost Shakespearian fashion why he acts the way he does.” –Robert D. Kaplan


The New Tsar is the book to read if you...