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EASTERN EUROPE

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ACROSS THE BORDERLANDS OF EUROPE
Written by ANNE APPLEBAUM

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 06/13/2017

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-525-43318-7

In the summer and fall of 1991, Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gulag and Iron Curtain, took a three month road trip through the freshly independent borderlands of Eastern Europe. She deftly weaves the harrowing history of the region and captures the effects of political upheaval on a personal level.

An extraordinary journey into the past and present of the lands east of Poland and west of Russia—an area defined throughout its history by colliding empires. Traveling from the...

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THE LAST OF THE SOVIETS
Written by SVETLANA ALEXIEVICH
Translator BELA SHAYEVICH

Format: Hardcover, 496 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 05/24/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-399-58880-8

The magnum opus and latest work from Svetlana Alexievich, the 2015 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature—a symphonic oral history about the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the emergence of a new Russia

When the Swedish Academy awarded Svetlana Alexievich the Nobel Prize, it cited her for inventing “a new kind of literary genre,” describing her work as “a history of emotions—a history of the soul.” Alexievich’s distinctive documentary style, combining extended individual monologues...

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Written by JIM SHEPARD

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 05/03/2016

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-87274-1

Winner of the PEN New England/L.L. Winship Award
Winner of the Sophie Brody Medal for Excellence in Jewish Literature
Finalist for the Jewish Book Award
Finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence


Small and sullen, Aron is eight years old when his family moves from a rural Polish village to hectic Warsaw.  At first gradually and then ever more quickly, his family’s opportunities for a better life vanish as the occupying German government imposes harsh restrictions.  Officially confined...

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THE IMPERIAL LOVE AFFAIR

Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 04/26/2016

Price: $21.00

ISBN: 978-0-525-43196-1

It was history's most successful political partnership—as sensual and fiery as it was creative and visionary. Catherine the Great was a woman of notorious passion and imperial ambition. Prince Potemkin—wildly flamboyant and sublimely talented—was the love of her life and her co-ruler.

Together they seized Ukraine and Crimea, territories that define the Russian sphere of influence to this day. Their affair was so tumultuous that they negotiated an arrangement to share power, leaving each of...

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KING OF PRUSSIA
Written by TIM BLANNING

Format: Hardcover, 688 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 03/29/2016

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-1-400-06812-8

The definitive biography of the legendary autocrat whose enlightened rule transformed the map of Europe and changed the course of history

Few figures loom as large in European history as Frederick the Great. When he inherited the Prussian crown in 1740, he ruled over a kingdom of scattered territories, a minor Germanic backwater. By the end of his reign, the much larger and consolidated Prussia ranked among the continent’s great powers. In this magisterial biography, award-winning historian...

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RADICAL POLITICS AFTER YUGOSLAVIA

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 01/06/2015

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68620-1

This volume offers a profound analysis of post-socialist economic and political transformation in the Balkans, involving deeply unequal societies and oligarchical “democracies.” The contributions deconstruct the persistent imaginary of the Balkans, pervasive among outsiders to the region, who see it as no more than a repository of ethnic conflict, corruption and violence. Providing a much needed critical examination of the Yugoslav socialist experience, the volume sheds light on the recent...

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A MEMOIR
Written by FELIX WEINBERG

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 03/04/2014

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68300-2

In 1939 twelve-year-old Felix Weinberg fell into the hands of the Nazis. Imprisoned for most of his teenage life, Felix survived five concentration camps, including Terezin, Auschwitz, and Birkenau, barely surviving the Death March from Blechhammer in 1945. After losing his mother and brother in the camps, he was liberated at Buchenwald and eventually reunited at seventeen with his father in Britain, where they built a new life together. Boy 30529 is an extraordinary memoir of the Holocaust,...

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Written by OLGA GRJASNOWA

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Other Press

On Sale: 01/07/2014

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-51584-6

Set in Frankfurt, All Russians Love Birch Trees follows a young immigrant named Masha. Fluent in five languages and able to get by in several others, Masha lives with her boyfriend, Elias. Her best friends are Muslims struggling to obtain residence permits, and her parents rarely leave the house except to compare gas prices. Masha has nearly completed her studies to become an interpreter, when suddenly Elias is hospitalized after a serious soccer injury and dies, forcing her to question a...

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Written by SLAVKO GOLDSTEIN
Introduction by CHARLES SIMIC
Translator MICHAEL GABLE

Format: Hardcover, 622 pages

Publisher: New York Review Books

On Sale: 11/05/2013

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-1-590-17673-3

The distinguished Croatian journalist and publisher Slavko Goldstein says, “Writing this book about my family, I have tried not to separate what happened to us from the fates of many other people and of an entire country.” 1941: The Year That Keeps Returning is Goldstein’s astonishing historical memoir of that fateful year–when the Ustasha, the pro-fascist nationalists, were brought to power in Croatia by the Nazi occupiers of Yugoslavia. On April 10, when the German troops marched into...

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THE CRUSHING OF EASTERN EUROPE, 1944-1956
Written by ANNE APPLEBAUM

Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 08/13/2013

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-1-400-09593-3

Finalist  for the National Book Award 
Finalist for the Arthur Ross Book Award 
A New York Times Notable Book
A Washington Post Top Ten Book of 2012
Best Nonfiction of 2012: The Wall Street Journal and The Plain Dealer

In the much-anticipated follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize-winning Gulag, acclaimed journalist Anne Applebaum delivers a groundbreaking history of how Communism took over Eastern Europe after World War II and transformed in frightening fashion the individuals who came under its...

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Written by AGATA TUSZYNSKA

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 02/26/2013

Price: $28.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-26912-6

The extraordinary, controversial story of Vera Gran, beautiful, exotic prewar Polish singing star; legendary sensual contralto; Dietrich-like in tone, favorite of the 1930s Warsaw nightclubs, celebrated before, and during, her year in the Warsaw ghetto (spring 1941-summer 1942) . . . and her piano accompanist: Władysław Szpilman, made famous by Roman Polanski's Oscar-winning film The Pianist, based on Szpilman's memoir.

Following the war, singer and accompanist, each of whom had lived the...

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THE CRUSHING OF EASTERN EUROPE, 1944-1956
Written by ANNE APPLEBAUM

Format: Hardcover, 608 pages

Publisher: Doubleday

On Sale: 10/30/2012

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-51569-6

In the long-awaited follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize-winning Gulag, acclaimed journalist Anne Applebaum delivers a groundbreaking history of how Communism took over Eastern Europe after World War II and transformed in frightening fashion the individuals who came under its sway.

At the end of World War II, the Soviet Union to its surprise and delight found itself in control of a huge swath of territory in Eastern Europe. Stalin and his secret police set out to convert a dozen radically...

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