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.
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 21 days ago by clower
I love this book. It's a great read and I could barely take my eyes off of it. The delivery service was great it got to me in about two days after I ordered it on Amazon prime, and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kara Roberts
This is a very succinct and factually reach textbook on the Russian revolution, written in very nice and academic language. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Paul V. KATCHALOV
Forgot this was written in the mid90s (I believe) Since then, it has certainly held up as one of the best contemporary analysis of the Russian Revolution and subsequent Civil War. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Adam Saxe
Excellent read, makes you feel bad for the people of Russia. Depicts communism for what it was, a terroristic totalitarian regime. No friend of the Czar either.Published 4 months ago by Moose L.
Combines excellent scholarship and narrative. I like the way chapters start by describing a certain event, linked to the overall subject theme (e.g. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Christos Psaltis
Beautifully written, very well researched and throroughly worked on. A reference on the subject and a must read in general.Published 6 months ago by Kamal Sanjakdar
This is the fourth book I read by Mr. F iges. He makes history come alive and astonishes with the precision and accuracy of
his research . Read more