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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)

The Cold War

The Cold War

by Michael Hopkins

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

Michael Hopkins charts the story of the rise and fall of almost 50 years of global tension in this compact, illustrated history, made tangible with a packet of facsimile documents, including top-secret memos, propaganda and letters. (WAR157, $24.95)

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)

Insight Guide Russia, Belarus & Ukraine

Insight Guide Russia, Belarus & Ukraine

by Anna Benn

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 388 PAGES

An engaging guide to the country and its major regions and cities with short, handsomely illustrated essays on Russian history, life, art, literature and music. The guide includes excellent full-color maps and hundreds of photographs. (RUS37, $22.95)

Russia Map

Russia Map

by International Travel Maps

  • 2011
  • MAP

A double-sided map covering the full route of the Trans-Siberian railway. (RUS264, $11.95)

 
Berlitz Russian Phrase Book & Dictionary

Berlitz Russian Phrase Book & Dictionary


by Berlitz Pocket Guides

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

A short introduction to common Russian words and phrases, designed for the traveler. Contains more than 1,000 phrases and more than 2,000 words. (RUS107, $8.99)

Eyewitness Guide Moscow

Eyewitness Guide Moscow


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 263 PAGES

This outstanding guide covers Moscow's culture, history and attractions with maps, site plans and hundreds of color photographs. (RUS164, $25.00)

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)

Communism, A History

Communism, A History


by Richard Pipes

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

This short, fiercely critical history of communism provides a compelling overview, from the ideas of Karl Marx to the end of the 20th century. (GEN367, $16.00)

Former People, The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy

Former People, The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy


by Douglas Smith

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

Smith tells the dramatic tale of the destruction of two powerful aristocratic families, the Sheremetevs and the Golitsyns, during the Russian Revolution. (RUS506, $20.00)

Getting Russia Right

Getting Russia Right


by Dmitri V. Trenin

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 127 PAGES

The Deputy director of the Carnegie Moscow Center sketches developments in Russia's economy, culture and relations with the U.S. and Europe in this brief primer published by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. (RUS446, $19.95)

Gulag, A History

Gulag, A History


by Anne Applebaum

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 677 PAGES

A massive, fascinating and thoroughly unsettling history of Russia's infamous Gulag. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, it's noteworthy for its expansive view, effortless prose and prodigious research. (SIB34, $18.95)

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)

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)

Petersburg, Crucible of Cultural Revolution

Petersburg, Crucible of Cultural Revolution


by Katarina Clark

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

A classic, if scholarly, study of cultural changes in Petersburg in the key years 1913-1931 and how they coincided with the rise of Stalinism. (RUS43, $31.00)

Russian History, A Very Short Introduction

Russian History, A Very Short Introduction


by Geoffrey Hosking

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 154 PAGES

The noted scholar and historian Hosking ("Russia and the Russians" RUS208) covers the transformation of Russia from its pagan roots into a multi-ethnic empire in this remarkably concise shirt-pocket history. (RUS480, $11.95)

St. Petersburg, A Cultural History

St. Petersburg, A Cultural History


by Solomon Volkov | Antonina Bouis

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 598 PAGES

This wonderfully written summary of art, music, theater and literature, written by a native historian and musician, includes profiles of the city's artists and writers over the last 300 years. (RUS72, $38.95)

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 Icon and the Axe, An Interpretive History of Russian Culture

The Icon and the Axe, An Interpretive History of Russian Culture


by James H. Billington

  • HISTORY
  • 1970
  • PAPER
  • 786 PAGES

This cultural and artistic history, written by the Librarian of Congress, maps the spiritual and ideological forces that led to the development of Russia. (RUS09, $24.00)

The Routledge Atlas of Russian History

The Routledge Atlas of Russian History


by Martin Gilbert

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 216 PAGES

A fantastically interesting, useful survey of the history of Russia in maps. This revised edition follows the fate of Russia since the demise of the Soviet Union, with 161 maps covering rebellion, famine, expansion, trade, the military, communism's collapse and myriad other topics. (RUS176, $30.95)

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)

Among the Russians

Among the Russians


by Colin Thubron

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

The marvelous account of a 10,000-mile journey by car from St. Petersburg and the Baltic States south to Georgia and Armenia in 1981. A gifted writer and intrepid traveler, Thubron grapples with the complexities of Russian identity in this lyrical book. (RUS106, $14.00)

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)

Stalin, The Court of the Red Tsar

Stalin, The Court of the Red Tsar


by Simon Sebag Montefiore

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 848 PAGES

An enthralling, comprehensive portrait of Joseph Stalin and his court, drawing on archival material and interviews with surviving figures. At 800 pages, there is ample room for personal and anecdotal information about Stalin. (RUS228, $21.00)

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)

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)

Young Stalin

Young Stalin


by Simon Sebag Montefiore

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 460 PAGES

Montefiore examines how Stalin became Stalin in this companion volume to his Stalin: Court of the Red Tsar, this time focusing on the turbulent early years and the formation of a man who would come to represent evil. (RUS477, $19.00)

Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment


by Fyodor Dostoevsky | David McDuff

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 647 PAGES

Dostoevsky's thriller of murder and redemption is redolent of St. Petersburg's atmosphere. A cornerstone of Russian literature, and one of the greatest detective stories ever told. (RUS18, $16.00)

Less Than One, Selected Essays

Less Than One, Selected Essays


by Joseph Brodsky

  • LITERATURE
  • 1987
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

A collection of Brodsky's personal essays and literary criticism. Particularly insightful is "Guide to a Renamed City," a beautiful meditation on St. Petersburg (a.k.a Leningrad) and its multiple historical identities. (RUS382, $21.00)

Petersburg

Petersburg


by Andrei Bely

  • LITERATURE
  • 1979
  • PAPER
  • 356 PAGES

Bely conjures a whirlwind of impressions and impulses in this kinetic meditation on the nature of the city in this modernist masterpiece, written in Russian in 1939. It follows a young revolutionary ordered to assassinate his own father, by planting a time bomb in his study. This edition adds excellent commentary from translators Maguire and Malmstad. (RUS483, $24.00)

Russian Literature, A Very Short Introduction

Russian Literature, A Very Short Introduction


by Catriona Kelly

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 164 PAGES

A pocket guide to Russian literature and its impact on Russian culture and national identity by Oxford University Press. (RUS333, $11.95)

Russka

Russka


by Edward Rutherfurd

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 946 PAGES

In this absorbing, complex novel Rutherfurd transforms Russian history into an epic saga. The bestseller follows the fate of interconnected families over 800 years. Catherine the Great, Tolstoy, Pushkin and Rasputin all make appearances. (RUS175, $19.00)

The Russia Reader: History, Culture, Politics

The Russia Reader: History, Culture, Politics


by Bruce Grant | Adele Barker

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 896 PAGES

This brilliant and wide-ranging survey, part of the World Readers series, conveys in rich detail the flavor, history and politics of the world's biggest country through the writings and impressions of luminaries, leaders and ordinary Russians. Some of the gems include Lenin's "Last Testament," advice on good Russian housekeeping from a sixteenth century monk and an apologia for the Gulag from a prison camp official. (RUS440, $29.95)

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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