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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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A TRUE STORY OF COLD WAR ESPIONAGE AND BETRAYAL
Written by DAVID E. HOFFMAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 05/10/2016

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-80597-3

It was the height of the Cold War, and a dangerous time to be stationed in the Soviet Union. One evening, while the chief of the CIA’s Moscow station was filling his gas tank, a stranger approached and dropped a note into the car. The chief, suspicious of a KGB trap, ignored the overture. But the man had made up his mind. His attempts to establish contact with the CIA would be rebuffed four times before he thrust upon them an envelope whose contents would stun U.S. intelligence. In the years...

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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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A TRUE STORY OF COLD WAR ESPIONAGE AND BETRAYAL
Written by DAVID E. HOFFMAN

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: Doubleday

On Sale: 07/07/2015

Price: $28.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-53760-5

From the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning history The Dead Hand comes the riveting story of a spy who cracked open the Soviet military research establishment and a penetrating portrait of the CIA’s Moscow station, an outpost of daring espionage in the last years of the Cold War. 

While driving out of the American embassy in Moscow on the evening of February 16, 1978, the chief of the CIA’s Moscow station heard a knock on his car window. A man on the curb handed him an envelope whose...

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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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MURDER AND CONSPIRACY IN TSARIST RUSSIA: THE BEILIS BLOOD LIBEL
Written by EDMUND LEVIN

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages

Publisher: Schocken

On Sale: 02/25/2014

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-0-805-24299-7

A Jewish factory worker is falsely accused of ritually murdering a Christian boy in Russia in 1911, and his trial becomes an international cause célèbre.
 
On March 20, 1911, thirteen-year-old Andrei Yushchinsky was found stabbed to death in a cave on the outskirts of Kiev. Four months later, Russian police arrested Mendel Beilis, a thirty-seven-year-old father of five who worked as a clerk in a brick factory nearby, and charged him not only with Andrei’s murder but also with the Jewish ritual...

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A RUSSIAN MUSICAL ADVENTURE
Written by STEPHEN WALSH

Format: Hardcover, 496 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 12/17/2013

Price: $37.50

ISBN: 978-0-385-35385-4

The emergence of Russian classical music in the nineteenth century in the wake of Mikhail Glinka comprises one of the most remarkable and fascinating stories in all musical history. The five men who came together in the Russian capital of St. Petersburg in the 1860s, all composers of talent, some of genius, would be—in spite of a virtual lack of technical training—responsible for some of the greatest and best-loved music ever written. How this happened is the subject of Stephen Walsh's...

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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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Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 02/19/2013

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17618-4

Few writers had to confront as many of the last century’s mass tragedies as Vasily Grossman, who wrote about the Shoah, the Battle of Stalingrad, and the Terror Famine in the Ukraine. An Armenian Sketchbook, however, shows a very different Grossman, notable for his tenderness, warmth, and sense of fun.

After the Soviet government confiscated, or, as Grossman always put it, “arrested” Life and Fate, he took on the task of revising a literal Russian translation of a long Armenian novel....

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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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