Book cover of The Soviet Myth of World War II: Patriotic Memory and the Russian Question in the USSR by Jonathan Brunstedt
History

The Soviet Myth of World War II: Patriotic Memory and the Russian Question in the USSR 

How did a socialist society, ostensibly committed to Marxist ideals of internationalism and global class struggle, reconcile itself to notions of patriotism, homeland, Russian ethnocentrism, and the glorification of war? In this provocative new history, Jonathan Brunstedt pursues this question through the lens of the myth and remembrance of victory in World War II – arguably the central defining event of the Soviet epoch […Learn More]

Book cover of The War of Nerves: Inside the Cold War Mind by Martin Sixsmith
Biography & Autobiography

The War of Nerves: Inside the Cold War Mind

A major new history of the Cold War that explores the conflict through the minds of the people who lived through it.

More than any other conflict, the Cold War was fought on the battlefield of the human mind. And, nearly thirty years since the collapse of the Soviet Union, its legacy still endures—not only in our politics, but in our own thoughts and fears. […Learn More]

Book cover of Collapse: The Fall of the Soviet Union by V. M. Zubok
Biography & History

Collapse: The Fall of the Soviet Union 

A major study of the collapse of the Soviet Union—showing how Gorbachev’s misguided reforms led to its demise

In 1945 the Soviet Union controlled half of Europe and was a founding member of the United Nations. By 1991, it had an army four-million strong, five-thousand nuclear-tipped missiles, and was the second biggest producer of oil in the world. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Vory: Russia's Super Mafia by Mark Galeotti
Biography & Autobiography

The Vory: Russia’s Super Mafia

The first English-language book to document the men who emerged from the gulags to become Russia’s much-feared crime class: the vory v zakone

Mark Galeotti is the go-to expert on organized crime in Russia, consulted by governments and police around the world. […Learn More]

Book cover of Capital of Spies: Intelligence Agencies in Berlin During the Cold War by Sven Felix Kellerhoff and Bernd von Kostka
Europe

Capital of Spies: Intelligence Agencies in Berlin During the Cold War 

For almost half a century, the hottest front in the Cold War was right across Berlin. From summer 1945 until 1990, the secret services of NATO and the Warsaw Pact fought an ongoing duel in the dark. Throughout the Cold War, espionage was part of everyday life in both East and West Berlin, with German spies playing a crucial part of operations on both sides: Erich Mielke’s Stasi and Reinhard Gehlen’s Federal Intelligence Service, for example. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Lenin Plot: The Unknown Story of America's War Against Russia by Barnes Carr
Military

The Lenin Plot: The Unknown Story of America’s War Against Russia 

It remains the most audacious spy plot in American history—a bold and extremely dangerous operation to invade Russia, defeat the Red Army, and mount a coup in Moscow against Soviet dictator Vladimir Ilich Lenin. After that, leaders in Washington, Paris, and London aimed to install their own Allied-friendly dictator in Moscow as a means to get Russia back into the war effort against Germany. […Learn More]

Book cover of Oceans of Grain: How American Wheat Remade the World by Scott Reynolds Nelson
Biography & History

Oceans of Grain: How American Wheat Remade the World

To understand the rise and fall of empires, we must follow the paths traveled by grain—along rivers, between ports, and across seas. In Oceans of Grain, historian Scott Reynolds Nelson reveals how the struggle to dominate these routes transformed the balance of world power. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen
History

The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

The essential journalist and bestselling biographer of Vladimir Putin reveals how, in the space of a generation, Russia surrendered to a more virulent and invincible new strain of autocracy. 

Award-winning journalist Masha Gessen’s understanding of the events and forces that have wracked Russia in recent times is unparalleled. In The Future Is History, Gessen follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each of them came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children and grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia, each with newfound aspirations of their own–as entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers, and writers, sexual and social beings.  […Learn More]