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Russia of the Tsars

RUS462
Peter Waldron
Thames & Hudson
2011
144
0500289298
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$24.95

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

RUS485
Masha Gessen
Riverhead Books
2013
313
1594486514
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.00

Russian Short Stories

RUS288
Robert Chandler (Editor)
Penguin
2006
396
0140448462
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$20.00

Moscow, St. Petersburg & the Golden Ring

RUS517
Masha Nordbye
Odyssey Publications
2014
728
9622178553
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A newly updated guide with a wealth of cultural information on Moscow, St. Petersburg and the Golden Ring, those picturesque cities northeast of Moscow rich in museums and cultural monuments.
$27.95

Moscow Map

RUS151
ITMB
ITMB
2011
2
1553417372
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
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.
$11.95

St. Petersburg Map

RUS89
Berndtson & Berndtson
Borch Maps
2013
2
3866095570
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed, laminated city plan at a scale of 1:11,000.
$9.95

Culture Smart! Russia

RUS361
Anna King
Kuperard
2007
168
1857333527
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$9.95

DK Eyewitness Top Ten Moscow

RUS513
Matthew Willis
DK Publishing
2014
128
1465410406
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions.
$14.00

Eyewitness Guide St. Petersburg

RUS87
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2015
264
1465427376
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
With excellent local maps and site plans, this outstanding visual guide introduces the culture, history and attractions of St. Petersburg.
$25.00

Lonely Planet Russian Phrasebook

RUS111
James Jenkin, Inna Zaitseva
Lonely Planet Publications
2009
256
174220189X
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
A handy shirtpocket phrasebook for Russian basics focusing on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
$8.99

A Traveller's History of Russia

RUS47
Peter Neville
Interlink Publishing Group
2011
336
1566566452
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An impressively compact, lively survey of Russian history from the coming of the Slavs to the collapse of the Soviet Union.
$14.95

Land of the Firebird, The Beauty of Old Russia

RUS21
Suzanne Massie
Heart Tree Press
1995
496
096441841X
PAPER
History
0
0
1
0
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.
$35.00

Lenin's Tomb

RUS07
David Remnick
Vintage Books
1994
588
0679751254
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.00

Mr. Putin, Operative in the Kremlin

RUS496
Clifford Gaddy, Fiona Hill
Brookings
2012
390
0815723768
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$29.95

Natasha's Dance, A Cultural History of Russia

RUS180
Orlando Figes
Picador USA
2003
768
0312421958
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$28.00

Nicholas and Alexandra

RUS69
Robert Massie
Ballantine Books
2000
613
0345438310
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$20.00

Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia

RUS550
Peter Pomerantzev
Hachette
2015
256
1610396006
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Russians escaped Soviet rule only to find themselves under the oppressive thumb of a more complicated form of tyranny. Pomerantsev illuminates these complexities through compelling portraits of the corrupt and the damned, including prostitutes and Mafia bosses.
$16.99

Putin Mystique

RUS555
Anna Arutunyan
Interlink Publishing Group
2015
330
1566569907
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
In this exploration of the love-hate relationship between the Russians and their notorious leader, journalist Arutunyan hypothesizes that Putin’s power stems from the people he rules.
$20.00

Restless Empire, A Historical Atlas of Russia

RUS549
Ian Barnes
Harvard University Press
2015
256
0674504674
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
British historian 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.
$35.00

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

RUS512
Michael Farquhar
Random House
2014
368
0812979052
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

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

RUS128
W. Bruce Lincoln
Hachette
2002
432
0465083242
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.95

The Romanovs, 1613-1918

RUS574
Simon Sebag Montefiore
Random House
2016
816
0307266524
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
Lengthy but accessible, this history takes readers into the inner-workings of the Romanov family that ruled Russia for over three centuries. Montefiore balances information on governmental function with biographic details about each emperor and empress.
$35.00

The Russian Revolution, A New History

RUS589
Sean McMeekin
Hachette
2017
384
0465039901
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
With recent scholarship, this history shines new light on the Bolshevik Revolution, a momentous event that is fundamental to understanding modern-day Russia.
$32.00

The Russian Revolution, A Very Short Introduction

RUS39
S. A. Smith
Oxford University Press
2002
199
0192853953
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A concise, provocative summary of events in Russia between 1917 and 1939.
$11.95

Vodka, A Global History

RUS475
Patricia Herlihy
Reaktion Books
2012
128
1861899297
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.00

My Hermitage

RUS530
Mikhail B. Piotrovsky
Rizzoli International
2015
432
0847843785
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Following a popular Russian documentary of the same name, the accessible essays collected here explore the rich history of the landmark and its priceless, world-famous collection.
$50.00

Revolution, Russian Art 1917-1932

RUS597
John Milner
Dalkey Archive Press
2017
320
1910350435
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
4/25/2017
0
0
0
0
Based around a remarkable exhibition in Leningrad in 1932, this beautiful art book explores the swan song of avant-garde art in post-revolution Russia. The editors critique the period's creative breakthroughs and explain what they reveal about the real USSR.
$65.00

The Art and Architecture of Russia

RUS38
George Hamilton, Judith Gordon
Yale University Press
1992
482
0300053274
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
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.
$40.00

The Hermitage Collections

RUS471
Olegs Yakovlevichs Neverov
Rizzoli International
2010
640
0847835030
BOXED
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This sumptous visual survey celebrates the museum, its history and collections.
$95.00

Catherine the Great

RUS470
Robert K. Massie
Random House
2012
625
0345408772
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Eager readers of Massie's Nicholas and Alexandra 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.
$20.00

Peter the Great, His Life and World

RUS48
Robert Massie
Random House
2011
914
0345298063
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
In this Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, Massie portrays the giant of history who transformed Russia from backwater tsardom into a major empire.
$20.00

Speak, Memory

RUS28
Vladimir Nabokov
Vintage Books
1989
316
0679723390
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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."
$16.00

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

RUS573
Susan Jaques
W. W. Norton & Company
2016
384
160598972X
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
In her magisterial biography of Russian czarina Catherine the Great, Susan Jaques shows how the leader modernized Russia through a ravenous acquisition of art -- a visionary idea that put Catherine far ahead of her time.
$35.00

The New Tsar, The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin

RUS567
Steven Lee Myers
Vintage Books
2016
592
0345802799
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Complicated world leader, former KGB agent and man of enormous ambition, Myers' Putin has few scruples and quickly silences dissenters. A keen and insightful biography by the former New York Times Moscow bureau chief.
$19.00

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

RUS544
Helen Rappaport
St. Martin's Press
2015
544
1250067456
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.99

The Captain's Daughter and Other Stories

RUS311
Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin
Vintage Books
2012
292
0394707141
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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
$14.00

The Madonnas of Leningrad

RUS360
Debra Dean
HarperCollins Publishers
2007
231
0060825316
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.99

The Winter Queen

RUS210
Boris Akunin, Andrew Bromfield (Translator)
Random House
2004
249
0812968778
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

More Books

Crime and Punishment

RUS18
Fyodor Dostoevsky, David McDuff (Translator)
Penguin
2002
647
0140449132
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

Resurrection, The Struggle for a New Russia

RUS23
David Remnick
Random House
1998
432
0375750231
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Pulitzer Prize-winner David Remnick insightfully explores the powers shaping the creation of a new Russia. The book follows the ruin of the USSR, up to the 1996 elections.
$17.00

The Ransom of Russian Art

RUS91
John McPhee
Noonday Press
1998
192
0374524505
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
McPhee tackles a rather unusual topic for him: the story of suppressed Russian art and the man who brought it to America.
$12.00

Eyewitness Guide Moscow

RUS164
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2015
264
1465426442
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This outstanding guide covers Moscow's culture, history and attractions with maps, site plans and hundreds of color photographs.
$25.00

Russka

RUS175
Edward Rutherfurd
Ballantine Books
2005
946
0345479351
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$20.00

The Routledge Atlas of Russian History

RUS176
Martin Gilbert
Routledge
2007
216
0415394848
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$30.95

A Traveller's Companion to St. Petersburg

RUS214
Laurence Kelly (Editor)
Interlink Publishing Group
2003
285
1566564921
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
This illuminating selection of readings, enhanced by maps and engravings, covers the city from its founding to the fall of the Tsars. Includes chapters on early days, palaces and museums, politics, and iconic places throughout the city.
$16.95

A Russian Journal

RUS275
John Steinbeck, Robert Capa (Photographer)
Penguin
1999
240
0141180196
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Steinbeck's moving account of the people and everyday life in Russia, Ukraine and Caucasus circa 1948, with striking photographs by the great Robert Capra.
$15.00

Moscow, A Cultural History

RUS292
Caroline Brooke
Oxford University Press
2007
256
0195309529
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Caroline Brooke explores the birth and various stages and reinventions of Moscow, from a 12th-century fortress to invasion by Napoleon in 1812 to the rise and fall of communism. Part of the Cityscapes series.
$35.00

Communism, A History

GEN367
Richard Pipes
Modern Library
2003
192
0812968646
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This short, fiercely critical history of communism provides a compelling overview, from the ideas of Karl Marx to the end of the 20th century.
$17.00

City of Thieves

RUS380
David Benioff
Plume
2009
272
0452295297
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
David Benioff (screenwriter for "The Kite Runner" and "Wolverine") turns his grandfather's stories of surviving the infamous Siege of Leningrad into a wise and touching coming of age novel that's hard to put down. Seventeen-year-old Lev and his charismatic buddy Koly are sent out by their German captors to bring back a dozen eggs, just the start of a gripping odyssey.
$16.00

Literary St. Petersburg, A Guide to the City and Its Writers

RUS406
Elaine Blaire
Little Bookroom
2007
137
1892145375
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Blaire shows St. Petersburg through the words, museums and haunts of 15 writers, including Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Nabokov.
$16.95

The Russia Reader: History, Culture, Politics

RUS440
Bruce Grant (Editor), Adele Barker (Editor)
Duke
2010
896
0822346486
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
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.
$29.95

The Last Man in Russia, The Struggle to Save a Dying Nation

RUS510
Oliver Bullough
Hachette
2013
284
0465074987
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Bullough follows a lone dissident priest, Father Dmitry Dudko, from the forests of western Russia to the tundra of the north to the bustling streets of Moscow, revealing the challenges that face modern Russia, including population decline, imminent economic collapse and toxic levels of alcohol abuse.
$26.99

Russian Cuisine, Traditional and Contemporary Home Cooking

RUS556
Maria Depenweiller
Whitecap Books
2015
192
1770502335
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
In her appetizing profile, native Muscovite food writer Maria Depenweiller discusses everything about the traditional Russian table -- Russian table settings, politics, cooking methods, ingredients, tea tradition, mood-setting Russian music and much more.
$29.99

Russia West & Saint Petersburg Map

RUS583
ITMB
ITMB
2016
1
1771296631
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
Printed in full color, this clear, double-sided map depicts St. Petersburg's downtown on one side and a regional map on the other. Scaled at 1:14,000 and 1:3,200,000.
$8.95

The Beginning of Spring

RUS590
Penelope Fitzgerald
Mariner Books
2015
272
0544484118
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In pre-revolutionary Moscow, an English painter returns home to discover his wife has disappeared and he must find someone to tend to his three children. The solution comes in the form of a young Russian woman who bears her own secrets
$14.95

For Kids

The Family Romanov, Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia

RUS519
Candace Fleming
Random House
2014
304
0375867821
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
Geared toward young adults, Fleming’s nonfiction narrative brings the Russian Revolution to life, its ruling family, peasant class and bloody revolution.
$19.99

The Littlest Matryoshka

RUS534
Kathryn Brown (Illustrator), Corinne Demas Bliss
1999
32
0786801530
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Nina, the smallest of six Russian nesting dolls, is separated from her sisters and must find her way home in this warm picture book for readers ages 4 to 8.
$16.99

I See the Sun in Russia

RUS543
Irina Ossapova (Translator), Judith Inglese (Illustrator), Dedie King
Aa Balkema
2012
40
193587408X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
An illustrated introduction to St. Petersburg seen through the eyes of a young violin player named Anton as he goes about his day.
$12.95

Let's Visit St. Petersburg!

RUS542
Kristine Lucco (Illustrator), Lisa Manzione
Lightning Source
2014
35
1937616533
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Chihuahua siblings Bella and Harry visit St. Petersburg and take in all the sites, including the Hermitage Museum and Catherine Palace, in this fun illustrated and educational book for young readers.
$16.95

Anastasia and Her Sisters

RUS541
Carolyn Meyer
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2015
320
1481403265
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
Favorite YA author Meyer returns with this novel about the Romanovs told from the perspective of the youngest daughter, Anastasia, who reveals that while her life may seem like a fairy tale it is anything but.
$17.99

Anastasia, The Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914

RUS540
Carolyn Meyer
Scholastic Inc.
2013
210
0545535786
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Writing in her diary, Anastasia narrates the course of her life, from her glamorous upbringing in the royal palace to her capture and imprisonment by the Bolsheviks during WWI.
$6.99

Favorite Russian Fairy Tales

RUS538
Simon Galkin (Illustrator), Arthur Ransome
Dover Publications
1995
96
0486286320
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Six classic tales from Russian folklore that feature witches and wizards, glamorous princesses and the famous Firebird.
$4.00

Russian Picture Word Book

RUS537
Barbara Steadman (Illustrator), Svetlana Rogers
Dover Publications
2003
32
0486426718
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
An illustrated word book with more than 500 objects labeled in Russian in 15 different scenes -- including home, school and farm. Great for children of all ages.
$3.99

Peter the Great

RUS536
Diane Stanley
HarperCollins
1999
32
068816708X
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A full-color biography of Peter the Great, whose curiosity and determination transformed Russia into a major European power. Written for ages 4 to 8.
$17.99

Angel on the Square

RUS535
Gloria Whelan
HarperCollins
2003
293
0064408795
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A lady-in-waiting for the household of Tsar Nicholas II, 12-year-old Katya is torn between patriotism and political awareness during the Russian Revolution in this coming-of-age tale.
$9.99

Egg & Spoon

RUS545
Gregory Maguire
Candlewick Press
2014
475
0763672203
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
Written for ages 12 to 17, this young adult fantasy novel has folkloric roots in the story of Baba Yaga, witch of Russian lore, and mixes danger, magic and Russian history.
$17.99

Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad

RUS570
Matthew Tobin Anderson
Candlewick Press
2015
464
0763668184
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
A historical novel for young adults that follows the life of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, who lived during the tumultuous Siege of Leningrad and went on to compose the beautiful Leningrad Symphony. Rich with detail and illustrated with period photos.
$25.99

Worth Looking For

Russia's Heritage Cities

RUS217
International Travel Maps
ITMB
2002
2
1553415558
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
1
A map of the Golden Ring cities surrounding Moscow, at a scale of 1:500,000.
$8.95

Red Fortress, History and Illusion in the Kremlin

RUS501
Catherine Merridale
Metropolitan Books
2014
528
1250056144
PAPER
History
0
0
0
1
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.
$25.00