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1. Stalin's War: A New History of World War II

Author: by Sean McMeekin
English
864 pages
1541672798

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A prize-winning historian reveals how Stalinnot Hitlerwas the animating force of World War II in this major new history. World War II endures in the popular imagination as a heroic struggle between good and evil, with villainous Hitler driving its events.

But Hitler was not in power when the conflict erupted in Asiaand he was certainly dead before it ended. His armies did not fight in multiple theaters, his empire did not span the Eurasian continent, and he did not inherit any of the spoils of war.

That central role belonged to Joseph Stalin. The Second World War was not Hitler’s war; it was Stalin’s war. Drawing on ambitious new research in Soviet, European, and US archives, Stalin’s War revolutionizes our understanding of this global conflict by moving its epicenter to the east.

Hitler’s genocidal ambition may have helped unleash Armageddon, but as McMeekin shows, the war which emerged in Europe in September 1939 was the one Stalin wanted, not Hitler. So, too, did the Pacific war of 19411945 fulfill Stalin’s goal of unleashing a devastating war of attrition between Japan and the Anglo-Saxon capitalist powers he viewed as his ultimate adversary.


2. Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice

Author: by Bill Browder
Simon & Schuster
English
416 pages

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[Red Notice] does for investing in Russia and the former Soviet Union what Liar’s Poker did for our understanding of Salomon Brothers, Wall Street, and the mortgage-backed securities business in the 1980s. Browder’s business saga meshes well with the story of corruption and murder in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, making Red Notice an early candidate for any list of the year’s best books (Fortune).

Part John Grisham-like thriller, part business and political memoir. The New York TimesThis is a story about an accidental activist. Bill Browder started out his adult life as the Wall Street maverick whose instincts led him to Russia just after the breakup of the Soviet Union, where he made his fortune.

Along the way he exposed corruption, and when he did, he barely escaped with his life. His Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky wasn’t so lucky: he ended up in jail, where he was tortured to death. That changed Browder forever. He saw the murderous heart of the Putin regime and has spent the last half decade on a campaign to expose it.


3. The Gulag Archipelago

Author: by ALEKSANDR SOLZHENITSYN
English
1784871516
978-1784871512

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WITH A NEW FOREWORD BY JORDAN B. PETERSON’Solzhenitsyn’s masterpiece… The Gulag Archipelago helped create the world we live in today’ Anne ApplebaumTHE OFFICIALLY APPROVED ABRIDGEMENT OF THE GULAG ARCHIPELAGO VOLUMES I, II & III A vast canvas of camps, prisons, transit centres and secret police, of informers and spies and interrogators but also of everyday heroism, The Gulag Archipelago is Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s grand masterwork.

Based on the testimony of some 200 survivors, and on the recollection of Solzhenitsyn’s own eleven years in labour camps and exile, it chronicles the story of those at the heart of the Soviet Union who opposed Stalin, and for whom the key to survival lay not in hope but in despair.

A thoroughly researched document and a feat of literary and imaginative power, this edition of The Gulag Archipelago was abridged into one volume at the author’s wish and with his full co-operation.'[The Gulag Archipelago] helped to bring down an empire.

Its importance can hardly be exaggerated’ Doris Lessing, Sunday Telegraph


4. Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident (Historical Nonfiction Bestseller, True Story Book of Survival)

Author: by Donnie Eichar
Chronicle Books
English
288 pages

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A New York Times and Wall Street Journal Nonfiction Bestseller! What happened that night on Dead Mountain? The mystery of Dead Mountain: In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain.

Eerie aspects of the mountain climbing incidentunexplained violent injuries, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, and elevated levels of radiation found on some of their clotheshave led to decades of speculation over the true stories and what really happened.

As gripping and bizarre as Hunt for the Skin Walker: This New York Times bestseller, Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident, is a gripping work of literary nonfiction that delves into the untold story of Dead Mountain through unprecedented access to the hikers’ own journals and photographs, rarely seen government records, dozens of interviews, and the author’s retracing of the hikers’ fateful journey in the Russian winter.


5. The Romanovs: 1613-1918

Author: by Simon Sebag Montefiore
B01136BXW8
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
January 28, 2016

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The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world’s surface. 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.

Montefiore’s gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire-building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence and wild extravagance, and peopled by a cast of adventurers, courtesans, revolutionaries and poets. Written with dazzling literary flair, drawing on new archival research, THE ROMANOVS is at once an enthralling chronicle of triumph and tragedy, love and death, a universal study of power, and an essential portrait of the empire that still defines Russia today.


6. THE TRAGEDY OF PATTON A Soldier's Date With Destiny: Could World War II's Greatest General Have Stopped the Cold War?

Author: by Robert Orlando
English
191 pages
1630061751

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“BETTER TO FIGHT FOR SOMETHING THAN LIVE FOR NOTHING.” GENERAL GEORGE S. PATTON It is 75 years since the end of WW II and the strange, mysterious death of General George S. Patton, but as in life, Patton sets off a storm of controversy.

THE TRAGEDY OF PATTON: A Soldier’s Date With Destiny asks the question: Why was General Patton silenced during his service in World War II? Prevented from receiving needed supplies that would have ended the war nine months earlier, freed the death camps, and prevented Russian invasion of the Eastern Bloc, and Stalin’s murderous rampage.

Why was he fired as General of the Third Army and relegated to a governorship of post-war Bavaria? Who were his enemies? Was he a threat to Eisenhower, Montgomery, and Bradley? And is it possible as some say that the General’s freakish collision with an Army truck, on the day before his departure for US, was not really an accident?

Or was Patton not only dismissed by his peers, but the victim of an assassin’s bullet at their behest? Was his personal silence necessary? Early in his life, Patton was a markedly insecure man, petrified by the notion of failing to live up to the standards of his pedigree.


7. The Crisis Years: Kennedy and Khrushchev, 1960–1963

Author: by Michael Beschloss
B01J9AGM6C
Open Road Media
August 16, 2016

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The groundbreaking and revelatory tale of the most dangerous years of the Cold War and the two leaders who held the fate of the world in their hands. This bestselling history takes us into the tumultuous period from 1960 through 1963 when the Berlin Wall was built and the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis brought the United States and Soviet Union to the abyss.

In this compelling narrative, author Michael Beschloss, praised by Newsweek as the nation’s leading Presidential historian, draws on declassified American documents and interviews with Kennedy aides and Soviet sources to reveal the inner workings of the CIA, Pentagon, White House, KGB, and politburo, and show us the complex private relationship between President John F.

Kennedy and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev. Beschloss discards previous myths to show how the miscalculations and conflicting ambitions of those leaders caused a nuclear confrontation that could have killed tens of millions of people. Among the cast of characters are Robert Kennedy, Robert McNamara, Adlai Stevenson, Fidel Castro, Willy Brandt, Leonid Brezhnev, and Andrei Gromyko.


8. Putin's People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took On the West

Author: by Catherine Belton
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
English
640 pages

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A Sunday Times bestseller | A New York Times Book Review Editors’ ChoiceNamed a best book of the year by The Economist | Financial Times | New Statesman | The Telegraph”[Putin’s People] will surely now become the definitive account of the rise of Putin and Putinism.” Anne Applebaum, The Atlantic”This riveting, immaculately researched book is arguably the best single volume written about Putin, the people around him and perhaps even about contemporary Russia itself in the past three decades.” Peter Frankopan, Financial TimesInterference in American elections.

The sponsorship of extremist politics in Europe.War in Ukraine. In recent years, Vladimir Putin’s Russia has waged a concerted campaign to expand its influence and undermine Western institutions. But how and why did all this come about, and who has orchestrated it?

In Putin’s People, the investigative journalist and former Moscow correspondent Catherine Belton reveals the untold story of how Vladimir Putin and the small group of KGB men surrounding him rose to power and looted their country. Delving deep into the workings of Putin’s Kremlin, Belton accesses key inside players to reveal how Putin replaced the freewheeling tycoons of the Yeltsin era with a new generation of loyal oligarchs, who in turn subverted Russia’s economy and legal system and extended the Kremlin’s reach into the United States and Europe.


9. Beyond: The Astonishing Story of the First Human to Leave Our Planet and Journey into Space

Author: by Stephen Walker
Harper (April 13, 2021)
English
512 pages

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This remarkable account of the 1961 race into space is a thrilling piece of storytelling…. It is high definition history: tight, thrilling and beautifully researched. The Times, London, Front Page Lead ReviewBeyond has the exhilaration of a fine thriller, but it is vividly embedded in the historic tensions of the Cold War, and peopled by men and women brought sympathetically, and sometimes tragically, to life.

Colin Thubron, author of Shadow of the Silk Road09.07 am.April 12, 1961. A top secret rocket site in the USSR. A young Russian sits inside a tiny capsule on top of the Soviet Union’s most powerful intercontinental ballistic missileoriginally designed to carry a nuclear warheadand blasts into the skies.

His name is Yuri Gagarin. And he is about to make history. Travelling at almost 18,000 miles per hourten times faster than a rifle bulletGagarin circles the globe in just 106 minutes. From his windows he sees the earth as nobody has before, crossing a sunset and a sunrise, crossing oceans and continents, witnessing its beauty and its fragility.

10. Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers

Author: by Andy Greenberg
B07GD4MFW2
English


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The true story of the most devastating cyberattack in history and the desperate hunt to identify and track the elite Russian agents behind it, from Wired senior writer Andy Greenberg. Lays out in chilling detail how future wars will be waged in cyberspace and makes the case that we have done little, as of yet, to prevent it.

Washington PostIn 2014, the world witnessed the start of a mysterious series of cyberattacks. Targeting American utility companies, NATO, and electric grids in Eastern Europe, the strikes grew ever more brazen. They culminated in the summer of 2017, when the malware known as NotPetya was unleashed, penetrating, disrupting, and paralyzing some of the world’s largest businessesfrom drug manufacturers to software developers to shipping companies.

At the attack’s epicenter in Ukraine, ATMs froze. The railway and postal systems shut down. Hospitals went dark. NotPetya spread around the world, inflicting an unprecedented ten billion dollars in damagethe largest, most destructive cyberattack the world had ever seen.

11. The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made

Author: by Walter Isaacson
1476728828
Simon & Schuster
English

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With a new introduction by the authors, this is the classic account of the American statesmen who rebuilt the world after the catastrophe of World War II. A captivating blend of personal biography and public drama, The Wise Men introduces six close friends who shaped the role their country would play in the dangerous years following World War II.

They were the original best and brightest, whose towering intellects, outsize personalities, and dramatic actions would bring order to the postwar chaos and leave a legacy that dominates American policy to this day. The Wise Men shares the stories of Averell Harriman, the freewheeling diplomat and Roosevelt’s special envoy to Churchill and Stalin; Dean Acheson, the secretary of state who was more responsible for the Truman Doctrine than Truman and for the Marshall Plan than General Marshall; George Kennan, self-cast outsider and intellectual darling of the Washington elite; Robert Lovett, assistant secretary of war, undersecretary of state, and secretary of defense throughout the formative years of the Cold War; John McCloy, one of the nation’s most influential private citizens; and Charles Bohlen, adroit diplomat and ambassador to the Soviet Union.

12. Forty Autumns: A Family's Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall

Author: by Nina Willner
William Morrow Paperbacks
English
416 pages

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In this illuminating and deeply moving memoir, a former American military intelligence officer goes beyond traditional Cold War espionage tales to tell the true story of her familyof five women separated by the Iron Curtain for more than forty years, and their miraculous reunion after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Forty Autumns makes visceral the pain and longing of one family forced to live apart in a world divided by two. At twenty, Hanna escaped from East to West Germany. But the price of freedomleaving behind her parents, eight siblings, and family homewas heartbreaking.

Uprooted, Hanna eventually moved to America, where she settled down with her husband and had children of her own. Growing up near Washington, D.C., Hanna’s daughter, Nina Willner became the first female Army Intelligence Officer to lead sensitive intelligence operations in East Berlin at the height of the Cold War.

Though only a few miles separated American Nina and her German relativesgrandmother Oma, Aunt Heidi, and cousin, Cordula, a member of the East German Olympic training teama bitter political war kept them apart. In Forty Autumns, Nina recounts her family’s storyfive ordinary lives buffeted by circumstances beyond their control.

13. Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

Author: by Robert K. Massie
B004J4X9L0
English

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[A] tale of power, perseverance and passion … A great story in the hands of a master storyteller. The Wall Street Journal The Pulitzer Prizewinning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure German princess who became one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history.

Born into a minor noble family, Catherine transformed herself into empress of Russia by sheer determination. For thirty-four years, the government, foreign policy, cultural development, and welfare of the Russian people were in her hands. She dealt with domestic rebellion, foreign wars, and the tidal wave of political change and violence churned up by the French Revolution.

Catherine’s family, friends, ministers, generals, lovers, and enemiesall are here, vividly brought to life. History offers few stories richer than that of Catherine the Great. In this book, an eternally fascinating woman is returned to life. [A] compelling portrait not just of a Russian titan, but also of a flesh-and-blood woman.

14. Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front

Author: by Gunter Koschorrek
Zenith Press
English
320 pages

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For the German soldier fighting under Hitler, keeping a diary was strictly forbidden. So Gunter Koschorrek, a fresh young recruit, wrote his notes on whatever scraps of paper he could find and sewed the pages into the lining of his winter coat.

Left with his mother on his rare trips home, this illicit diary eventually was lostand did not come to light until some 40 years later when Koschorrek was reunited with his daughter in America. It is this remarkable document, a unique day-to-day account of the common German soldier’s experience, that makes up the memoir that is Blood Red Snow.

15. Nicholas and Alexandra: The Classic Account of the Fall of the Romanov Dynasty

Author: by Robert K. Massie
English
640 pages

0345438310

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The story of the love that ended an empireIn this commanding book, Pulitzer Prizewinning 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 navet, Alexandra’s obsession with the corrupt mystic Rasputin, and little Alexis’s brave struggle with hemophilia.

Against a lavish backdrop of luxury and intrigue, Massie unfolds a powerful drama of passion and historythe story of a doomed empire and the death-marked royals who watched it crumble. Praise for Nicholas and AlexandraA larger-than-life drama. Saturday ReviewA moving, rich book …

[This] revealing, densely documented account of the last Romanovs focuses not on the great events … But on the royal family and their evil nemesis…. The tale is so bizarre, no melodrama is equal to it. NewsweekA wonderfully rich tapestry, the colors fresh and clear, every strand sewn in with a sure hand.

Mr. Massie describes those strange and terrible years with sympathy and understanding…. They come vividly before our eyes. The New York Times An all-too-human picture … Both Nicholas and Alexandra with all their failings come truly alive, as does their almost storybook romance.

16. Theodore Rex

Author: by Edmund Morris
English
792 pages
0812966007

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Theodore Rex is the storynever fully told beforeof Theodore Roosevelt’s two world-changing terms as President of the United States. A hundred years before the catastrophe of September 11, 2001, TR succeeded to power in the aftermath of an act of terrorism. Youngest of all our chief executives, he rallied a stricken nation with his superhuman energy, charm, and political skills.

He proceeded to combat the problems of race and labor relations and trust control while making the Panama Canal possible and winning the Nobel Peace Prize. But his most historic achievement remains his creation of a national conservation policy, and his monument millions of acres of protected parks and forest.

Theodore Rex ends with TR leaving office, still only fifty years old, his future reputation secure as one of our greatest presidents.