Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe

Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear CatastropheA Chernobyl survivor and award winning historian mercilessly chronicles the absurdities of the Soviet system in this vividly empathetic account of the worst nuclear accident in history The Wall Street Journal.On the morning of April 26, 1986, Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in

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The Romanovs: 1613-1918

The Romanovs: 1613-1918The 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

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Death in St. Petersburg (Lady Emily, #12)

Death in St. Petersburg (Lady Emily, #12)A dance with death After the final curtain of Swan Lake, an animated crowd exits the Mariinsky theatre brimming with excitement But outside the scene is somber A ballerina s body lies face down in the snow, blood splattered like rose petals over the costume of the Swan Queen The crowd is

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Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine, 1921-1933

Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine, 1921-1933The momentous new book from the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Gulag and Iron Curtain In 1932 33, nearly four million Ukrainians died of starvation, having been deliberately deprived of food It is one of the most devastating episodes in the history of the twentieth century With unprecedented

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October: The Story of the Russian Revolution

October: The Story of the Russian RevolutionIn February 1917, in the midst of bloody war, Russia was still an autocratic monarchy nine months later, it became the first socialist state in world history How did this unimaginable transformation take place How was a ravaged and backward country, swept up in a desperately unpopular war, rocked

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The Cold War: A World History

The Cold War: A World HistoryFrom a Bancroft Prize winning scholar, a new global history of the Cold War and its ongoing impact around the world We tend to think of the Cold War as a bounded conflict a clash of two superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union, born out of the ashes of World War II and coming to a

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Stalin's Englishman: The Lives of Guy Burgess

Stalin's Englishman: The Lives of Guy BurgessGuy Burgess is the most important, complex and fascinating of The Cambridge Spies the group of British men recruited to pass intelligence to the Soviets during World War Two and the Cold War Burgess s story takes us from his student days in 1930s Cambridge, where he was first approached by

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Russia in Revolution: An Empire in Crisis, 1890 to 1928

Russia in Revolution: An Empire in Crisis, 1890 to 1928The Russian Revolution of 1917 transformed the face of the Russian empire, politically, economically, socially, and culturally, and also profoundly affected the course of world history for the rest of the twentieth century Now, to mark the centenary of this epochal event, historian Steve Smith

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Germany Ascendant: The Eastern Front 1915

Germany Ascendant: The Eastern Front 1915While millions of men died in France and Belgium in 1915, battles equally as large and bloody were being fought on the Eastern Front, as Imperial Germany, Hapsburg Austria Hungary, and Tsarist Russia clashed on a scale greater than anything seen on the Western Front These massive offensives were

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Stalin: New Biography of a Dictator

Stalin: New Biography of a DictatorThe most authoritative and engrossing biography of the notorious dictator ever written Josef Stalin exercised supreme power in the Soviet Union from 1929 until his death in 1953 During that quarter century, by Oleg Khlevniuk s estimate, he caused the imprisonment and execution of no fewer than a

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Nicholas and Alexandra

Nicholas and AlexandraThe story of the love that ended an empire In this commanding book, Pulitzer Prize winning author Robert K Massie sweeps readers back to the extraordinary world of Imperial Russia to tell the story of the Romanovs lives Nicholas s political na vet , Alexandra s obsession with the corrupt mystic

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Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a WomanPulitzer Prize winner Massie offers the tale of a princess who went to Russia at 14 and became one of the most powerful women in history Born into minor German nobility, she transformed herself into an empress by sheer determination Possessing a brilliant, curious mind, she devoured the works of

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Peter the Great: His Life and World

Peter the Great: His Life and WorldAgainst the monumental canvas of seventeenth and eighteenth century Europe and Russia, unfolds the magnificent story of Peter the Great, crowned at the age of 10 A barbarous, volatile feudal tsar with a taste for torture a progressive and enlightened reformer of government and science a

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