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Figes's themes of the Russian revolution as a tragedy for the Russian people as a whole and for the millions of individuals who lost their lives to the brutal forces it unleashed make sense of events for a new generation of students of Russian history. Sympathy for the charismatic leaders and ideological theorizing regarding Hegelian dialectics and Marxist economics--two hallmarks of much earlier writing on the Russian revolution--are banished from these clear-eyed, fair-minded pages of A People's Tragedy. The author's sympathy is squarely with the Russian people. That commitment, together with the benefit of historical hindsight, provides a standpoint Figes take full advantage of in this masterful history. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Really quite good. It is particularly good at exploring the motivations of the peasants and the so unlikely triumph of the Bolsheviks. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
In Over 1,000 pages Mr. Figes never thinks to ask how a "people's revolution" scores twenty million dollars from a Jewish banker, one Mr. Read morePublished 2 months ago by emmett mckenna
This gives you a very nice and clear narrative on the events leading up to the Russian Revolution, as well as information on all the different people who were involved. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Legend86
Figes has brought the Russian revolution (actually several revolutions) to us in exquisite detail. In "A Peoples Tragedy" we learn the causes of the revolution as well as... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bill Babbitt
I have not studied the Russian revolution and its surrounding events in depth, and have found 'A People's Tragedy' very enlightening and detailed. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael B
an excellent book but I have to warn you. The photos are quite horrific. Specifically I remember a photo of cannibals selling human body parts. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gryphon50
If you want the definitive one-volume take on Lenin's revolution and all that it entailed, this is your book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robert J. Crawford
'A People's Tragedy' is an 800 page account of the Russian Revolution(s) from 1891 to the death of Lenin in 1924. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gderf
I see many five-star reviews here. Seems slightly suspicious, given that the author copped to writing some glowing reviews of his own book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by clower