By Anthony Burgess
"There are so few really exciting novels round that we should cheer at any time when one turns up. non-stop, fizzing strength. . . .Honey for the Bears is a triumph."—Kingsley Amis, New York TimesA sharply written satire, Honey for the Bears sends an unassuming antiques broker, Paul Hussey, to Russia to do one ultimate deal at the black marketplace as a prefer for a lifeless friend's spouse. Even at the ship's voyage throughout, the Russian sensibility starts off to pervade: plenty of secrets and techniques and many vodka. whilst his American spouse is plagued by a painful rash and he's interrogated at his resort via Soviet brokers who recognize that he's attempting to promote fashionable man made attire to the hundreds starved for model, his precarious internal stability is thrown off for stable. extra drink follows, discoveries of his wife's illicit affair with one other lady, and his personal submerged sexual emotions come breaking in the course of the floor, effervescent up in Russian champagne and caviar.
By Robert K. MassieWinner of the Pulitzer Prize
Against the huge canvas of 17th- and eighteenth-century Europe and Russia unfolds the wonderful tale of Peter the good, topped co-tsar on the age of ten. Robert ok. Massie delves deep into the lifetime of this eye-catching ancient determine, chronicling the pivotal occasions that formed a boy right into a legend—including his “incognito” travels in Europe, his unquenchable interest approximately Western methods, his obsession with the ocean and institution of the stupendous Russian army, his production of an unbeatable military, his transformation of Russia, and his relationships with these he enjoyed so much: Catherine, the powerful but mild peasant, his loving mistress, spouse, and successor; and Menshikov, the captivating, daring, unscrupulous prince who rose to wealth and tool via Peter’s friendship. Impetuous and obdurate, beneficiant and harsh, soft and unforgiving, a guy of huge power and complexity, Peter the nice is introduced totally to existence.
By Andrew Meier
"That Black Earth is a rare paintings is, for someone who has recognized Russia, past question."―George Kennan"A compassionate glimpse into the extremes the place the recent Russia meets the old," writes Robert Legvold (Foreign Affairs) approximately Andrew Meier's captivating new paintings. visiting throughout a resurgent and apparently unfastened land, Meier has produced a virtuosic mixture of nuanced background, lyric travelogue, and unflinching reportage. all through, Meier captures the country's current limbo―a land wealthy in strength yet close to extraordinary again into tyranny―in an account that's by way of turns heartrending and celebratory, comedian and terrifying. A 2003 big apple Public Library e-book to recollect. "Black Earth is the easiest research of post-Soviet Russia considering David Remnick's Resurrection. Andrew Meier is a really penetrating eyewitness."―Robert Conquest, writer of The nice Terror; "If President Bush have been to learn in basic terms the chapters relating to Chechnya in Meier's Black Earth, he may achieve a valuable schooling approximately Putin's Russia."―Zbigniew Brzezinski "Even after the autumn of Communism, so much American reporting on Russia usually is going no extra than who is in and who is out within the Kremlin and the enterprise oligarchy. Andrew Meier's Russia reaches a ways past . . . this Russia is one the place, as Meier says, background has a troublesome time hiding. Readers couldn't simply discover a livelier or extra insightful guide."―Adam Hochschild, writer of King Leopold's Ghost and The Unquiet Ghost: Russians bear in mind Stalin "From the unnecessary warfare in Chechnya to the wild, exhilarating, and dispiriting East and the increase of Vladimir Putin, the previous KGB officer―it's all the following in nice aspect, written within the layers the tale merits, with perception, ardour, and actual affection."―Michael Specter, employees author, The New Yorker; co-chief, The big apple Times Moscow Bureau, 1995-98. "[Meier's] wisdom of the rustic and his abiding love for its humans stands proud on each web page of this book....But it truly is his linguistic fluency, specifically, which allows Mr. Meier to dig so deeply into Russia's black earth."―The Economist "A marvelous travelogue that depicts the Russian humans over again attempting to construct a brand new lifestyles with out fairly altering their previous one."―William Taubman, The long island Times ebook overview. thirteen pictures.
By Arkady Ostrovsky
WINNER OF THE ORWELL PRIZE 2016
How did a rustic that liberated itself from seventy years of Soviet rule prove as one of many greatest threats to the West and, chiefly, to its personal destiny? Why did the folk who rejected Communist ideology come to just accept nation propaganda? during this daring and demanding publication, Arkady Ostrovsky takes the reader on a captivating trip via Russia's tumultuous post-Soviet transformation and illuminates the foremost turning issues that regularly took the realm unexpectedly.
As a overseas correspondent in his personal state, Ostrovsky has skilled Russia's glossy heritage first-hand, and during unique learn and interviews he finds the ideological conflicts, compromises and temptations that experience left Russia on a knife-edge.
Translated via Natalie Duddington and T. Keane
By Max FrankelOne of many giants of yank journalism now re-creates an unforgettable time–in which the full global feared extinction. High midday within the chilly War captures the Cuban Missile concern in a brand new gentle, from contained in the hearts and minds of the recognized males who provoked and, within the nick of time, resolved the confrontation.
Using his own thoughts of overlaying the clash, and accumulating proof from fresh documents and new scholarship and testimony, Max Frankel corrects broadly held misconceptions in regards to the online game of “nuclear chook” performed by way of John Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev in October 1962, while Soviet missiles have been secretly planted in Cuba and geared toward the United States.
High midday within the chilly War portrays an embattled younger American presidentnot jaunty and callow as generally believed, yet more and more calm and statesmanlikeand a Russian ruler who was once not just a “wily previous peasant” yet an insecure belligerent wanting to in achieving credibility. the following, too, are forgotten heroes like John McCone, the conservative Republican CIA head whose instinct made him a very important determine in White apartment debates.
In detailing the disastrous miscalculations of the 2 superpowers (the U.S. idea the Soviets might by no means set up missiles to Cuba; the Soviets concept the U.S. must acquiesce) and the way Kennedy and Khrushchev thrust back hotheads of their personal councils, this attention-grabbing publication re-creates the whole tale of the scariest come across of the chilly battle, as informed through a grasp reporter.
From the Hardcover edition.
By Simon Sebag Montefiore
The Romanovs have been the main winning dynasty of contemporary occasions, ruling a 6th of the world’s floor for 3 centuries. How did one kinfolk flip a war-ruined principality into the world’s maximum empire? and the way did they lose it all?
this can be the intimate tale of twenty tsars and tsarinas, a few touched through genius, a few via insanity, yet all encouraged by means of holy autocracy and imperial ambition. Simon Sebag Montefiore’s gripping chronicle unearths their mystery international of limitless strength and ruthless empire-building, overshadowed through palace conspiracy, relatives rivalries, sexual decadence and wild extravagance, with an international forged of adventurers, courtesans, revolutionaries and poets, from Ivan the negative to Tolstoy and Pushkin, to Bismarck, Lincoln, Queen Victoria and Lenin.
To rule Russia used to be either imperial-sacred undertaking and poisoned chalice: six of the final twelve tsars have been murdered. Peter the nice tortured his personal son to demise whereas making Russia an empire, and ruled his court docket with a eating membership outstanding for obligatory drunkenness, bare dwarfs and fancy costume. Catherine the good overthrew her personal husband (who was once murdered quickly afterward), loved affairs with a sequence of younger male favorites, conquered Ukraine and interested Europe. Paul i used to be strangled via courtiers sponsored via his personal son, Alexander I, who in flip confronted Napoleon’s invasion and the burning of Moscow, then went directly to take Paris. Alexander II liberated the serfs, survived 5 assassination makes an attempt and wrote possibly the main particular love letters ever composed by way of a ruler. The Romanovs climaxes with a clean, unforgettable portrayal of Nicholas II and Alexandra, the increase and homicide of Rasputin, struggle and revolution—and the harrowing bloodbath of the complete family.
Dazzlingly unique and fantastically written from begin to end, The Romanovs brings those monarchs—male and feminine, nice and improper, their households and courts—blazingly to lifestyles. Drawing on new archival study, Montefiore gives you a charming epic of triumph and tragedy, love and homicide, encompassing the seminal years 1812, 1914 and 1917, that's either a common examine of strength and a portrait of empire that is helping outline Russia today.