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.
This is certainly an unrealistic way to portray history.
While the length and subject matter of this book is somewhat daunting, Figes presents this history in a highly readable fashion without skimping on fascinating detail.
After you read this book you will have begun to have a glimmer of the answer to that question.
Without a doubt the history of the perioed I’ve read. Tells the tragic story of the Russian revolution, starting with an insightful look at the life and character of Tsar Nicholas... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Winston Smith
He was so absorbed in it - he was late for college morning class a few times, I thought the size would over-whelm him but it didn't. Another side to history.Published 4 months ago by carol english
Figes matter of factly states that five million people starved to death and five million died in the civil war, the Red Terror, and from disease. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Pedro
Everybody who wanted to know something basic about Russia ,and I may add about Putin , should read this book.Published 8 months ago by Dr. Fenyvesi Tamás
This is just a great book. There is so much to it, but I couldn't stop reading it. Many of the elements might remind you of our country now. Read morePublished 9 months ago by RuggedShark
Figes has written an incredibly thorough and very engrossing history of the Russian revolution, tracing it from its roots in Alexander III's reign, through the upheaval and brutal... Read morePublished 11 months ago by imelda
This book is fascinating. It's long, but worth the time you invest in it.
I found some reviews of Figues' work truly hilarious in their transparent bias. Read more