Category: General History

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

Title: Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman Author: Robert K. Massie Genre: General History Publisher: Random House Release Date: 2011 Format: Kindle Pages: 656 This is a very readable book about, well, Catherine the Great.  Generally the book reads like a novel, or rather like a soap opera, with all of Catherine's various romances. 

Trump/Russia: A Definitive History

Title: Trump/Russia: A Definitive History Author: Seth Hettena Genre: General History Publisher: Melville House Release Date: 2018 Format: Kindle Pages: 288 This is a good summary of the numerous contacts/relationships connecting Trump to Russia, dating all the way back to the 80s. Personally I find it very disturbing, and certainly ground for a thorough investigation.

All the Kremlin’s Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin

Title: All the Kremlin's Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin Genre: General History Publisher: PublicAffairs Release Date: 2016 Format: Kindle Pages: 396 This is excellent account of Russian political dynamics since 2000--readable and absolutely fascinating (for those interested in this kind of stuff). The author gives an excellent account, based on interviews with many

Russia in Flames: War, Revolution, Civil War, 1914 – 1921

Title: Russia in Flames: War, Revolution, Civil War, 1914 - 1921 Author: Laura Engelstein Genre: General History Publisher: Oxford University Press Release Date: 2017 Format: Kindle Pages: 851 This is a clearly written, fairly comprehensive, and--as far as I can tell--accurate account of the Russian revolution and civil war. The author does a very good

Russia Under the Bolshevik Regime

Title: Russia Under the Bolshevik Regime Author: Richard Pipes Genre: General History Publisher: Vintage Release Date: 2011 Format: Kindle Pages: 608 This author is an excellent writer that does a very good job of simplifying and explaining the very complex situation/conditions which arose at the Bolsheviks established their regime. I was mainly interested in the

Natasha’s Dance: A Cultural History of Russia

Title: Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia Author: Orlando Figes Genre: General History Publisher: Metropolitan Books Release Date: 2014 Format: Kindle Pages: 784 I've been meaning to read this book since it came out a few years ago, but have been too intimidated--reading a book of this size about Russian culture is not for

The Devils’ Alliance: Hitler’s Pact with Stalin, 1939-1941

Title: The Devils' Alliance: Hitler's Pact with Stalin, 1939-1941 Author: Roger Moorhouse Genre: General History Publisher: Basic Books Release Date: 2014 Format: Kindle Pages: 432 This is an excellent,well-written account of the lead up to, consequences of, and life under the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. The author includes many fascinating details and personal stories that I had

Who Lost Russia?

Title: Who Lost Russia? Author: Peter Conradi Genre: General History Publisher: Oneworld Publications Release Date: 2017 Format: Kindle Pages: 400 This is a good summary of the history of US-Russian relations over the last few decades, and a good reminder of how we ended up where we are today--the euphoria and hope of the early

Napoleon’s Wars: An International History

Title: Napoleon's Wars: An International History Author: Charles Esdaile Genre: General History Publisher: Penguin Books Release Date: 2009 Format: Kindle Pages: 654 I wanted to leave a review of this rather good diplomatic history of the Napoleonic period. I thought that the book was well-written, informative, and probably worthwhile reading for anyone interested in this

The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler’s Germany, 1944-1945

Title: The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945 Author: Ian Kershaw Genre: General History Publisher: Penguin Books Release Date: 2011 Format: Kindle Pages: 596 After reading a few other books about the end of WWII in Europe, I was looking forward to this author's exploration of what made Germany and its people

Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets

Title: Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets Author: Svetlana Alexievich Publisher: Random House Release Date: 2016 Format: Kindle Pages: 498 I just finished this rather intense book and wanted to provide a review. If you are looking for a book about balalaikas and ballerinas, Tolstoy and troikas, this is not the book for you--this

Grand Delusion: Stalin and the German Invasion of Russia

Title: Grand Delusion: Stalin and the German Invasion of Russia Author: Gabriel Gorodetsky Genre: Diplomatic History Publisher: Yale University Press Release Date: 2001 Format: Paperback Pages: 384 This is an excellent, well-written, well-sourced history of 1940-1941, prior to the German invasion of Russia. I can't add much to the description of the book in other

Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia

Title: Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia Author: Peter Pomerantsev Genre: General History Publisher: PublicAffairs Release Date: 2014 Format: Kindle Pages: 258 As noted by other reviewers, the author is a very good story-teller and has included many entertaining and--to some extent--informative vignettes in this book. I

Red Fortress: History and Illusion in the Kremlin

Title: Red Fortress: History and Illusion in the Kremlin Author: Catherine Merridale Genre: General History Publisher: Metropolitan Books Release Date: 2013 Format: Kindle Pages: 528 I bought this book after reading several glowing reviews. I live in Moscow very near the Kremlin, so expected to learn many interesting facts about the place. Unfortunately, in this

Spies and Commissars: The Early Years of the Russian Revolution

Title: Spies and Commissars: The Early Years of the Russian Revolution Author: Robert Service Genre: Diplomatic History Publisher: PublicAffairs Release Date: 2012 Format: Hardcover Pages: 480 While decent enough, this book should have been titled "Diplomats and Trade Ministers" rather than "Spies and Commissars", because that is the main topic of the book. In fact,