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If you are a student of history or someone interested in Russia as it was, then this is a book you MUST read.
Orlando Figes is an insightful expert on Russia, a very good writer, and one who chooses cultural material that suits his well informed taste.
The book examines roughly 250 years of Russian cultural history from the 1700's of Peter the Great to the middle of the 20th century.
A critic of Mr. Putin is gunned down in broad daylight on the streets of Moscow. Russia "reclaims" the Crimea and bloodshed still continues in the Ukraine. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Howard N. Kaplan
Way better and more readable than either the "Icon and the Ax" or "Land of the Firebird". Just the right mix of culture and history.Published 1 month ago by John Desmond
This so much more than a book about history. It reads like a novel and brings in all aspects of life in Russia as it tries define it's identity. Read morePublished 2 months ago by AJ
Very readable, enjoyable history of Russia. It's not too scholarly but gives you tons of information about the country, the people, the culture, the history in general. Read morePublished 5 months ago by HisArtisticDaughter58
Was a good preparation for our trip to Russia. Has a good reference table to look up particular eventsPublished 6 months ago by gene
The first few chapters of this book are a fascinating review of the contrasting cultures of Moscow and St. Petersburg, both culturally and socially. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Glenn F. Tiedt
I loved Figes Russian Revolution, but this doesn't stand up. You'd have to be seeking a PHD in Russian History to get into this bookPublished 6 months ago by perfecttiming
This book is a parallel to RUSSKA (Montgomery) and my only wish would be that I could remember everything that is said. Anyone interested inor studying Russia must read this one.Published 7 months ago by ma