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1613-1918

Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 05/16/2017

Price: $21.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-28051-0

The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world’s surface for three centuries. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world’s greatest empire? And how did they lose it all?
 
This is the intimate story of twenty tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. Simon Sebag Montefiore’s gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless...

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THE RISE AND REIGN OF VLADIMIR PUTIN
Written by STEVEN LEE MYERS

Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 08/23/2016

Price: $19.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-80279-8

The epic tale of the rise to power of Russia's current president—the only complete biography in English—that fully captures his emergence from shrouded obscurity and deprivation to become one of the most consequential and complicated leaders in modern history, by the former New York Times Moscow bureau chief.

In a gripping narrative of Putin’s rise to power as Russia’s president, Steven Lee Myers recounts Putin’s origins—from his childhood of abject poverty in Leningrad, to his ascension...

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FROM GORBACHEV'S FREEDOM TO PUTIN'S WAR
Written by ARKADY OSTROVSKY

Format: Hardcover, 384 pages

Publisher: Viking

On Sale: 06/07/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-399-56416-1

WINNER OF THE ORWELL PRIZE
WINNER OF THE CORNELIUS RYAN AWARD
FINALIST FOR THE LIONEL GELBER PRIZE
FINANCIAL TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR


“Fast-paced and excellently written…much needed, dispassionate and eminently readable.”
New York Times

“Filled with sparkling prose and deep analysis.”
The Wall Street Journal

The breakup of the Soviet Union was a time of optimism around the world, but Russia today is actively involved in subversive information warfare, manipulating the media to destabilize its...

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1613-1918

Format: Hardcover, 784 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 05/03/2016

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-26652-1

The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world’s surface for three centuries. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world’s greatest empire? And how did they lose it all?
 
This is the intimate story of twenty tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. Simon Sebag Montefiore’s gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless...

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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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PORTRAIT OF A PARTNERSHIP
Written by SUSAN BUTLER

Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/22/2016

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-74181-3

In Roosevelt and Stalin, Susan Butler tells the story of how the leader of the capitalist world and the leader of the Communist world became more than allies of convenience during World War II. They shared the same outlook for the postwar world, and formed an uneasy yet deep friendship, shaping the global  stage from the war to the decades leading up to and into the new century. The book makes clear that Roosevelt worked hard to win Stalin over, by always holding out the promise that...

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TWO COLD WARS AND A THIRTY-YEAR JOURNEY THROUGH ROMANIA AND BEYOND
Written by ROBERT D. KAPLAN

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 02/09/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99681-4

From the New York Times bestselling author Robert D. Kaplan, named one of the world’s Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine, comes a riveting journey through one of Europe’s frontier countries—and a potent examination of the forces that will determine Europe’s fate in the postmodern age.

Robert Kaplan first visited Romania in the 1970s, when he was a young journalist and the country was a bleak Communist backwater. It was one of the darkest corners of Europe, but few Westerners...

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Written by ALEKSANDAR TISMA
Introduction by CHARLES SIMIC
Translator MICHAEL HEIM

Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 02/09/2016

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17920-8

The Book of Blam, Aleksandar Tišma’s “extended kaddish . . . [his] masterpiece” (Kirkus Reviews), is a modern-day retelling of the book of Job. The war is over. Miroslav Blam walks along the former Jew Street, and he remembers. He remembers Aaron Grün, the hunchbacked watchmaker; and Eduard Fiker, a lamp merchant; and Jakob Mentele, a stove fitter; and Arthur Spitzer, a grocer, who played amateur soccer and had non-Jewish friends; and Sándor Vértes, a lawyer who was a Communist. All dead. As...

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THE KREMLIN, THE CIA, AND THE BATTLE OVER A FORBIDDEN BOOK

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 04/28/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-80319-1

The Zhivago Affair is the dramatic, never-before-told story—drawing on newly declassified files—of how a forbidden book became a secret CIA weapon in the ideological battle between East and West.

In May 1956, an Italian publishing scout went to a village outside Moscow to visit Russia’s greatest living poet, Boris Pasternak. He left carrying the manuscript of Pasternak’s only novel, suppressed by Soviet authorities. From there the life of this extraordinary book entered the realm of the spy...

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RETHINKING THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
Written by DOMENICO LOSURDO

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 02/03/2015

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68616-4

War and Revolution identifies and takes to task a reactionary trend among contemporary historians, one that’s grown increasingly apparent in recent years. It’s a revisionist tendency discernible in the work of authors such as Ernst Nolte, who traces the impetus behind the Holocaust to the excesses of the Russian Revolution; or François Furet, who links the Stalinist purges to an “illness” originating with the French Revolution.

The intention of these revisionists is to eradicate the...

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A MEMOIR OF FOOD AND LONGING
Written by ANYA VON BREMZEN

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 09/16/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-88682-8

A James Beard Award-winning writer captures life under the Red socialist banner in this wildly inventive, tragicomic memoir of feasts, famines, and three generations.

"The culinary memoir has lately evolved into a genre of its own, what is now known as a 'foodoir.' But Anya von Bremzen is a better writer than most of the genre's practitioners, as this delectable book, which tells the story of postrevolutionary Russia through the prism of one family's meals, amply demonstrates...Von Bremzen...

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