Category: Russian

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. 

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’s Dead End: An Insider’s Testimony from Gorbachev to Putin

Title: Russia's Dead End: An Insider's Testimony from Gorbachev to Putin Author: Andrei A. Kovalev (Author),‎ Peter Reddaway (Foreword),‎ Steven I. Levine (Translator) Genre: General History Publisher: Potomac Books Release Date: 2017 Format: Kindle Pages: 392 This is an insightful book by a very conscientious, intelligent Russian diplomat that served during and after the fall

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

The Soviet Partisan Movement, 1941-1944: A Critical Historiographical Analysis

Title: The Soviet Partisan Movement, 1941-1944: A Critical Historiographical Analysis Author: Leonid D. Grenkevich (Author),‎ David M. Glantz (Editor) Genre: Military History Publisher: Routledge Release Date: 2013 Format: Kindle Pages: 405 This book is more of an academic treatise than a military history--I guess the subtitle "a Critical Historiographical Analysis" should have tipped me off

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

T-34: The Red Army’s Legendary Medium Tank

Title: T-34: The Red Army's Legendary Medium Tank Author: Anthony Tucker-Jones Genre: Military History Publisher: Pen and Sword Military Release Date: 2015 Format: Kindle Pages: 160 This book is a good, quick read about the T-34--its design, manufacturer, evolution, variants (SUs, etc.) use in combat, etc, with plenty of good pictures. At least for the

The Red Army and the Second World War

Title: The Red Army and the Second World War Series: Armies of the Second World War Author: Alexander Hill Genre: Military History Publisher: Cambridge University Press Release Date: 2016 Format: Kindle Pages: 754 This book has been out for a few months now, so I'm surprised that there are no reviews yet...I just finished reading

War and Peace

Title: War and Peace Author: Leo Tolstoy Genre: Fiction Publisher: OUP Oxford Release Date: 2010 Format: Kindle Pages: 1390 I won't really review the plot here--what can I say about a classic like "War and Peace"? Easily five stars... I did want to say a few words about this translation, however, especially the Kindle version--it

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

Love and War: An American Volunteer in the Soviet Red Army – Book 1: 1941-1943 (Love and War: An American Volunteer in the Soviet Red Army)

Title: Love and War: An American Volunteer in the Soviet Red Army - Book 1: 1941-1943 (Love and War: An American Volunteer in the Soviet Red Army) Author: M J Nicholas (Author),‎ Kathryn A Wright (Editor) Genre: Military History Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform Release Date: 2013 Format: Kindle Pages: 300 This is a fascinating