The Year I Was Peter the Great - Marvin Kalb

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The fifteenth book from acclaimed journalist Marvin Kalb, entitled The Year I Was Peter the Great (Brookings, $24.99), is a memoir focused on one tumultuous year, 1956. Kalb was then a twenty-six-year-old Russian-speaking graduate student assisting the American ambassador as a translator at the U.S embassy in Moscow. As Khrushchevs shocking, year-long campaign of de-Stalinization unfolded, Kalb was there as an eyewitness, meeting Russians of all types, assessing their attitudes and opinions, and watching them size up their American visitor too. This is a fascinating and highly entertaining story about a momentous year in Russian history—one especially relevant in the era of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.

The Year I Was Peter the Great By Kalb,Marvin Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780815731610
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Published: Brookings Institution Press - October 10th, 2017

Secondhand Time - Svetlana Alexievich

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Like Bob Dylan, Alexievich won the Nobel Prize in 2015 for a body of work that is not usually thought of as literature. Her oeuvre consists of oral histories, and this is her magnum opus. In Secondhand Time she weaves together narratives collected over 30 years to tell the epic and tragic story of the collapse of the USSR and the rise of predatory, “free market” capitalism in the former Soviet states. Her ability as an interviewer to elicit stunningly beautiful and novelistic personal accounts of love and hardship, and her skill as a narrator in stitching these stories together to form a cohesive whole, make her well-deserving of the Nobel, and surely one of our most important living writers, in any language.
Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets By Svetlana Alexievich, Bela Shayevich (Translator) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780399588808
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Published: Random House - May 24th, 2016

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By Svetlana Alexievich, Bela Shayevich (Translated by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780399588822
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 21st, 2017

A Very Expensive Poison: The Assassination of Alexander Litvinenko and Putin's War with the West - Luke Harding

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This is a riveting account of one of the most shocking political assassinations in recent history. Alexander Litvinenko was a high-ranking FSB agent (Russia’s post-Soviet successor agency to the KGB) before he fled to the London, where he became a prominent critic of the Putin regime. There he was poisoned by two men with ties to the Russian government. Harding shows how UK investigators proved the killings were ordered at the highest level of the Russian government, and in doing so reveals the extent to which Putin and his inner circle rely on murder and human rights violations to carry out their geopolitical objectives and silence dissent.

A Very Expensive Poison: The Assassination of Alexander Litvinenko and Putin's War with the West By Luke Harding Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781101973998
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Published: Vintage - January 24th, 2017

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