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RUSSIAN AND EASTERN EUROPEAN HISTORY, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY

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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

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 enemies. How did a country that...

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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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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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WHAT THE MAP TELLS US ABOUT COMING CONFLICTS AND THE BATTLE AGAINST FATE
Written by ROBERT D. KAPLAN

Format: Hardcover, 432 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 09/11/2012

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-1-400-06983-5

In this provocative, startling book, Robert D. Kaplan, the bestselling author of Monsoon and Balkan Ghosts, offers a revelatory new prism through which to view global upheavals and to understand what lies ahead for continents and countries around the world.

In The Revenge of Geography, Kaplan builds on the insights, discoveries, and theories of great geographers and geopolitical thinkers of the near and distant past to look back at critical pivots in history and then to look forward at the...

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THE FALL OF THE SOVIET EMPIRE
Written by VICTOR SEBESTYEN

Format: Trade Paperback, 498 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 11/02/2010

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-38792-9

At the start of 1989, six European nations were Soviet vassal states. By year's end, they had all declared national independence and embarked on the road to democracy. How did it happen so quickly? Victor Sebestyen, who was on the scene as a reporter, draws on his firsthand knowledge of the events, on scores of interviews with witnesses and participants, and on newly uncovered archival material. He tells the story through the eyes of ordinary men and women as well as through the strategic...

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