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Russia of the Tsars

Russia of the Tsars

by Peter Waldron

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

Waldron recounts the exploits of Peter the Great, the Tsars and the splendor of their capital city, St. Petersburg, in this lively, well-illustrated and compact overview of the largest and most diverse empire of its day. (RUS462, $24.95)

The Man Without a Face, The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin

The Man Without a Face, The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin

by Masha Gessen

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 313 PAGES

A Russian-American journalist living in Moscow, Masha Gessen demolishes the many myths and legends surrounding Vladimir Putin and his transformation from unexceptional KGB bureaucrat to the most powerful man in Russia. No fan of the man, who she calls a "hoodlum turned iron-handed ruler," Gessen is brave -- and optimistic that his time will soon come. (RUS485, $16.00)

Russian Short Stories

Russian Short Stories

by Robert Chandler

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 396 PAGES

This fine collection of tales captures the sweep and soul of Russian literature, including works by Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Chekhov and Tolstoy along with lesser-known greats. (RUS288, $18.00)

Fodor's Moscow and St. Petersburg

Fodor's Moscow and St. Petersburg

by Salwa Jabado

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

With solid practical information on sights, excursions, restaurants, hotels and nightlife and a chapter on the cities of the Golden Ring. (RUS03, $19.99)

 
Moscow Map

Moscow Map


by ITMB

  • 2011
  • MAP

A folded map of Moscow, its subway system and surrounding neighborhoods at the broad scale of 1:50,000, with a detailed map of the city center at 1:12,500. (RUS151, $11.95)

Russia's Heritage Cities

Russia's Heritage Cities


by International Travel Maps

  • 2002
  • MAP
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

A map of the Golden Ring cities surrounding Moscow, at a scale of 1:500,000. (RUS217, $8.95)

St. Petersburg Map

St. Petersburg Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2012
  • MAP

A detailed, laminated city plan. (RUS89, $9.95)

Culture Smart! Russia

Culture Smart! Russia


by Anna King

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice. (RUS361, $9.95)

DK Eyewitness Top 10 Moscow

DK Eyewitness Top 10 Moscow


by Matthew Willis

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. (RUS513, $14.00)

Eyewitness Guide St. Petersburg

Eyewitness Guide St. Petersburg


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

With excellent local maps and site plans, this outstanding visual guide introduces the culture, history and attractions of St. Petersburg. (RUS87, $25.00)

Lonely Planet Russian Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Russian Phrasebook


by James Jenkin | Inna Zaitseva

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A handy shirtpocket phrasebook for Russian basics focusing on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (RUS111, $8.99)

A Traveller's History of Russia

A Traveller's History of Russia


by Peter Neville

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

An impressively compact, lively survey of Russian history from the coming of the Slavs to the collapse of the Soviet Union. (RUS47, $14.95)

Land of the Firebird, The Beauty of Old Russia

Land of the Firebird, The Beauty of Old Russia


by Suzanne Massie

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

Massie traces both minuscule details and larger movements in pre-revolutionary Russian art, literature and daily life in this affectionate overview of 19th-century palaces, courts and culture. (RUS21, $35.00)

Lenin's Tomb

Lenin's Tomb


by David Remnick

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 588 PAGES

A gripping eyewitness tale of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Remnick, the Washington Post reporter on the scene, combines fine historical scholarship with great storytelling. (RUS07, $18.00)

Mr. Putin, Operative in the Kremlin

Mr. Putin, Operative in the Kremlin


by Clifford Gaddy | Fiona Hill

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 390 PAGES

Drawing on a range of sources, including their own personal encounters, two fellows at the Brookings Institution describe six of Putin's most essential idetities: the Statist, the History Man, the Survivalist, the Outsider, the Free Marketeer, and the Case Officer. (RUS496, $29.95)

Natasha's Dance, A Cultural History of Russia

Natasha's Dance, A Cultural History of Russia


by Orlando Figes

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 768 PAGES

In this lively cultural history, Figes looks at both the great works by Russian masters and longstanding folk traditions. The title is drawn from a scene of Tolstoy's War and Peace in which a European-educated countess performs a peasant dance. (RUS180, $24.00)

Nicholas and Alexandra

Nicholas and Alexandra


by Robert Massie

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 613 PAGES

This entertaining and well-researched history traces the royal relationship and explores how a disease determined the destiny of rulers, the disintegration of the empire and the course of Russian history. (RUS69, $20.00)

Red Fortress, History and Illusion in the Kremlin

Red Fortress, History and Illusion in the Kremlin


by Catherine Merridale

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

Drawing on the archives of the Kremlin itself, Merridale uses the great fortress, which dates from the 15th century, as a lens, covering the history of Russia from its obscure origins through the times of figures including Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, Lenin and Stalin. (RUS501, $25.00)

Restless Empire, A Historical Atlas of Russia


by Ian Barnes

  • HISTORY
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES
  • COMING IN APRIL

British historian Ian Barnes presents the epic sweep of Russian history, from the first Slavic migrations to the age of Putin, in this beautifully illustrated, full-color atlas. (RUS549, $35.00)

Secret Lives of the Tsars, Three Centuries of Autocracy, Debauchery, Betrayal, Murder and Madness from Romanov Russia

Secret Lives of the Tsars, Three Centuries of Autocracy, Debauchery, Betrayal, Murder and Madness from Romanov Russia


by Michael Farquhar

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

A scandalous tell-all about Russia's ruling class. Farquhar skips over the dryer parts of history to deliver the jaw-dropping morsels about Catherine the Great's affinity for young lovers and Peter the Great's proclivity for beheading his subjects. (RUS512, $16.00)

Sunlight at Midnight: St. Petersburg and the Rise of Modern Russia

Sunlight at Midnight: St. Petersburg and the Rise of Modern Russia


by W. Bruce Lincoln

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

A wonderfully written, informative portrait of St. Petersburg, focusing on the city's development in the 18th and 19th centuries as Russia's "window on the West." Highly recommended for travelers with an interest in the character and significance of the city and its monuments. (RUS128, $19.95)

The Russian Revolution

The Russian Revolution


by Sheila Fitzpatrick

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 199 PAGES

A concise provocative summary of events in Russia between 1917 and 1939. Fitzpatrick makes an admirable effort to rescue from politics the greatest upheaval of modern times and reclaim it for history. (RUS39, $19.95)

Vodka, A Global History

Vodka, A Global History


by Patricia Herlihy

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 128 PAGES

A professor of history at Brown, Herlihy tracks our fascination with this most versatile of spirits from its mysterious 14th-century Slavic origins to today's global dominance in this brief yet thoroughly entertaining, erudite and illustrated history. A volume in the lively Edible History Series. (RUS475, $17.00)

My Hermitage, How the Hermitage Survived Tsars, Wars, and Revolution to Become the Greatest Museum in the World

My Hermitage, How the Hermitage Survived Tsars, Wars, and Revolution to Become the Greatest Museum in the World


by Mikhail B. Piotrovsky

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 432 PAGES
  • COMING IN SEPTEMBER

Following a popular Russian documentary of the same name, the accessible essays that comprise My Hermitage explore the rich history of the landmark and its priceless, world-famous collection. Written by a longtime Hermitage Museum director. (RUS530, $50.00)

The Art and Architecture of Russia

The Art and Architecture of Russia


by George Hamilton | Judith Gordon

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 482 PAGES

An elegantly written introduction to the art and architecture of Russia. Published in 1954, it's a good handbook for the traveler that goes beyond Moscow and St. Petersburg. Includes 314 black-and-white illustrations. (RUS38, $38.50)

The Hermitage Collections

The Hermitage Collections


by Olegs Yakovlevichs Neverov

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • BOXED
  • 640 PAGES

This sumptous visual survey celebrates the museum, its history and collections. (RUS471, $95.00)

Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great


by Robert K. Massie

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 625 PAGES

Eager readers of Massie's Nicholas and Alexandria or the Pulitzer Prize-winning Peter the Great will not be disappointed by this latest, an old-fashioned tale of politics, power and 18th-century Europe, drawing effectively from the ambitious Catherine's own memoirs. (RUS470, $20.00)

Peter the Great, His Life and World

Peter the Great, His Life and World


by Robert Massie

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 914 PAGES

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, Massie portrays the giant of history who transformed Russia from backwater tsardom into a major empire. (RUS48, $21.00)

Speak, Memory

Speak, Memory


by Vladimir Nabokov

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 316 PAGES

Nabokov's richly imagined memoir wonderfully evokes cultural life among the well-to-do in turn-of-the-century St. Petersburg. Nabokov called his childhood home, now a museum off St Isaac's Square, "the only house in the world." (RUS28, $16.00)

The Romanov Sisters, The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra

The Romanov Sisters, The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra


by Helen Rappaport

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 492 PAGES

Helen Rappaport delves into the personal correspondence of Tatiana, Olga, Maria and Anastasia, the daughters of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra. The sisters were not merely beautiful, writes Rappaport, but very intelligent and perceptive. (RUS544, $27.99)

The Captain's Daughter and Other Stories

The Captain's Daughter and Other Stories


by Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 292 PAGES

This collection of short stories from the Russian poet and master storyteller opens with his famous novella, The Captain's Daughter, set against the events of the Pugachov uprising during the reign of Catherine the Great, and contains eight additional tales, all rendered in Pushkin's simple, elegant prose and beautifully evocative of the caprices of Tsarist Russia (RUS311, $12.95)

The Madonnas of Leningrad

The Madonnas of Leningrad


by Debra Dean

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 231 PAGES

Dean effortlessly interweaves two epochs of a woman's life -- Marina's wartime experiences as a young guide at the Hermitage during the Siege of Leningrad and her life as an 82-year-old Seattle resident struggling with Alzheimer's. A remarkable debut novel. (RUS360, $14.99)

The Winter Queen

The Winter Queen


by Boris Akunin | Andrew Bromfield

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 249 PAGES

Akunin sets a suspected murder among the glitterati of late 19th-century Moscow in this first book in the series of clever detective novels starring the rascal Erast Fandorin, wildly popular in Russia. (RUS210, $15.00)

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