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Russian & Siberia

Andrei Sakharov: The Conscience of Humanity, edited by Sidney D. Drell & George P. Shultz.
A collection of essays that provide keen insights in the history, life, work, and legacy of Andrei Sakharov - scientist, dissident, human rights activist, and more...

Defiance: The Bielski Partisans, by Nechama Tec.
The amazing, and true story, of the Bielski Partisans. Led by Tuvia Bielski, this remarkable resistance army rescued more than 1,200 Jews from near certain extermination at the hands of the Nazis, during the Nazi occupation of Belorussia.

The Gospel in Brief, by Leo Tolstoy.
Seeking answers to "the problem of life," Tolstoy rewrote the Four Gospels of the New Testament, condensing them into a single book that only included the ethical teachings of Jesus.

The Human Tradition in Imperial Russia, edited by Christine D. Worobec.
A collection of twelve essays that highlight some of the major social issues in Imperial Russia, and which provide insights into what life was like under the Tzars.

In the Land of White Death: An Epic Story of Survival in the Siberian Arctic, By Valerian Albanov.
This epic story of survival chronicles the unbelievable 235-mile journey taken through Siberian Arctic, on foot, by a handful of men after their ship became trapped in the pack ice of the Kara Sea.

The Jews of Khazaria, by Kevin Alan Brook.
This is the second edition of Brook's ground breaking survey of Khazarian history and culture.

The Minsk Ghetto, 1941-1943: Jewish Resistance and Soviet Internationalism, by Barbara Epstein.
A detailed history of the Minsk Ghetto and the Jewish underground movement that grew out of it.

Moscow 1941: A City and Its People at War, by Rodric Braithwaite
This history of the Battle of Moscow is unique in that it focuses on the people of Moscow and how the battle affected them, rather than on the military aspects of one of the momentous battles of World War II.

One Day We Will Live Without Fear: Everyday Lives Under the Soviet Police State, by Mark Harrison.
A glimpse into what life was like for ordinary people living under the thumb of the Soviet police state.

One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War, by Michael Dobbs
An hour-by-hour account of the Cuban Missile Crisis that illustrates just how close we really came to nuclear war.

Red Moon Rising: Sputnik and the Hidden Rivalries that Ignited the Space Age, by Matthew Brzezinski.
A riveting account of the early days of the Space Age, and its long term impact on the world.

Shush! Growing Up Jewish Under Stalin, by Emil Draitser.
An intimate and often humorous memoir about a young Jewish boy growing up in Odessa during the 1940 and 50s, while the Soviet Union was under the iron grip of Stalin.

Sputnik: The Shock of the Century, by Paul Dickson.
This is not only a riveting account of the launch of Sputnik and its aftermath, but it is also fascinating account of the development of rocket technologies, and the space race 'waged' between the Soviet Union and the United States.

Tolstoy: A Russian Life, by Rosamund Bartlett.
The first new biography in twenty years of the literary colossus, spiritual leader, and icon of the nineteenth century.

The Worlds of S. An-sky, by Gabriella Safran and Steven J. Zipperstein.
A Russian Jewish Intellectual at the Turn of the Century. A collection of sixteen essays on An-sky, written by scholars in a diverse range of fields including history, literature, anthropology, Slavic and Jewish studies. Includes a music CD containing Russian and Yiddish songs.

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