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The Lost Spy: An American in Stalin's Secret Service
 

The Lost Spy: An American in Stalin's Secret Service

For half a century the case of Isaiah Oggins, a 1920s New York intellectual brutally murdered on Stalin's orders in 1947, remained hidden in the secret file of the Soviet and American intelligence services. It surfaced briefly in 1992, when Boris Yeltsin handed over a dossier to the White House, but the full story of what happened remained a mystery. After eight years of international sleuthing, Andrew Meier here reveals in "a fascinating story brilliantly told" (Orlando Figes) that Oggins was ...... read more

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What is it with the Russians? They seem powerless to resist the grip of a strongman, while at the same time they are masters of subterfuge, corruption, and espionage. And then there is the "Russian soul," the deep thread of humanity running through their society, which has produced some of the world's most beautiful and poignant literature, music, and art.

To better know and understand the forces that have put the world's largest country in the headlines again, we offer books ranging from the stories of Mikhail Bulgakov and Nikolai Leskov to histories of the czars or the Siege of Leningrad; from cold war thrillers with Stalin's KGB to the inside story of Edward Snowden's defection to Russia. Here too you can find the music of Mussorgsky and the documentary exploits of the Russian-American band Bering Strait.
 

 

   

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Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution  

Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution

Mary Gabriel.

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(Finalist for the 2011 National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award; Named One of the Year's Best Nonfiction Books by the Washington Post, Boston ... ... read more

 
Play and Passion in Russian Fine Art  

Play and Passion in Russian Fine Art

Yevgenia Petrova, ed.

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Russia is a nation that is serious about its games and diversions, as seen in the hundreds of color illustrations in this exhibition catalogue, which depicts paintings and sculptures with styles ... ... read more

 
The Eitingons: A Twentieth-Century Story  

The Eitingons: A Twentieth-Century Story

Mary-Kay Wilmers.


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In this stunning family saga that mixes the fur trade, psychoanalysis, and Trotsky, Leonid Eitingon was a KGB assassin who dedicated his life to the Soviet regime. He was in China in the early 1920s, ... ... read more

 
Engineers of the Soul: In the Footsteps of Stalin's Writers  

Engineers of the Soul: In the Footsteps of Stalin's Writers

Frank Westerman.


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This is the story of two journeys—one literal, one imaginary—through contemporary Russia and through Soviet-era literature. Writers of renown, described by Stalin as "engineers of the soul," were ... ... read more

 
Leningrad: Hero City: Images of War: Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives  

Leningrad: Hero City: Images of War: Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives

Nik Cornish.

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The entire course of history's deadliest siege is covered here, from the Germans' September 1941 encirclement of Leningrad, through the Red Army's desperate attempts to stave off the Wehrmacht, to ... ... read more

 
 
The Ballad of Bering Strait  

The Ballad of Bering Strait

Bering Strait. Nina Gilden Seavey, director.


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This road film from 2003 documents the odyssey of a group of classically trained Russian musicians on their pursuit of country music stardom. Emmy Award-winning director Nina Gilden Seavey follows ... ... read more

 
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky  

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

Mads Mikkelson, Anna Mouglalis, Elena Morozova & others. Jan Kounen, director.

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This glamorous 2009 biopic about two revolutionary artists begins in 1913 with Coco Chanel attending the disastrous Paris premiere of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. Unlike the crowd, she is ... ... read more

 
Alger Hiss: Why He Chose Treason  

Alger Hiss: Why He Chose Treason

Christina Shelton.

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In 1948 former U.S. State Department official Alger Hiss, a participant at the Yalta Conference and the formation of the United Nations, was accused of having been a Soviet spy in the 1930s. Because ... ... read more

 
The Lute and the Scars  

The Lute and the Scars

Danilo Kis. Adam Thirlwell, preface. John K. Cox, trans.

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At the time of his death in 1989, internationally esteemed Serbian author Danilo Kiš left behind this cache of seven short stories. Many of these semi-autobiographical tales are set against a ... ... read more

 
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