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RUSSIAN AND EASTERN EUROPEAN HISTORY, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY

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SECRET MEETINGS, DIRTY MONEY, AND HOW RUSSIA HELPED DONALD TRUMP WIN
Written by LUKE HARDING

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 11/16/2017

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-525-56251-1

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
“[Collusion] is invaluable in collating the overwhelming evidence of a web of relationships between the Kremlin, Trump and members of Trump’s circle.” —Michelle Goldberg, The New York Times
 
An explosive exposé that lays out the Trump administration’s ties to Moscow, and Russia’s decades-in-the-making political game to upend American democracy.
 
December 2016. Luke Harding, the Guardian reporter and former Moscow bureau chief, quietly meets former MI6 officer...

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THE MAN, THE DICTATOR, AND THE MASTER OF TERROR
Written by VICTOR SEBESTYEN

Format: Hardcover, 592 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 11/07/2017

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-87163-8

Victor Sebestyen's riveting biography of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin—the first major biography in English in nearly two decades—is not only a political examination of one of the most important historical figures of the twentieth century but also a fascinating portrait of Lenin the man.

Brought up in comfort and with a passion for hunting and fishing, chess, and the English classics, Lenin was radicalized after the execution of his brother in 1887. Sebestyen traces the story from Lenin's early years...

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THE ASSASSINATION OF ALEXANDER LITVINENKOAND PUTIN'S WAR WITH THE WEST
Written by LUKE HARDING

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/24/2017

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-97399-8

On November 1, 2006, journalist and Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned in London. He died twenty-two days later. The cause of death? Polonium—a rare, lethal, and highly radioactive substance. Here Luke Harding unspools a real-life political assassination story—complete with KGB, CIA, MI6, and Russian mobsters. He shows how Litvinenko’s murder foreshadowed the killings of other Kremlin critics, from Washington, DC, to Moscow, and how these are tied to Russia’s current...

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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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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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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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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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THE MANY FACES OF ANONYMOUS
Written by GABRIELLA COLEMAN

Format: Hardcover, 464 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 11/04/2014

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68583-9

Here is the ultimate book on the worldwide movement of hackers, pranksters, and activists that operates under the non-name Anonymous, by the writer the Huffington Post says “knows all of Anonymous’ deepest, darkest secrets.”

Half a dozen years ago, anthropologist Gabriella Coleman set out to study the rise of this global phenomenon just as some of its members were turning to political protest and dangerous disruption (before Anonymous shot to fame as a key player in the battles over...

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EVENTS OF 2013
Written by HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
Introduction by KENNETH ROTH

Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 02/25/2014

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-1-609-80555-5

The 24th annual World Report summarizes human rights conditions in more than ninety countries and territories worldwide, reflecting extensive investigative work undertaken in 2013 by Human Rights Watch staff in close partnership with domestic human rights activists. World Report 2014 gives particular focus on the roles-positive or negative-played in each country by key domestic and international figures. This year’s report includes contributions from Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno, David...

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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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