Tag Archives: Russia

Book Review: Borderland

Borderland:  A Journey Through The History Of Ukraine, by Anna Reid This book was a fascinating one, but one that is likely to upset a great many people who have a vested interest in the history of Ukraine as a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Stalin’s Genocides

Stalin’s Genocides, by Norman M. Naimark It is an odd thing to read a small set of personal essays about a subject like Stalin’s genocides.  Indeed, the subject of Stalin’s genocides is a contentious one because of the way that … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ukraine

Opposing Viewpoints:  Ukraine, edited by Michael Ruth In reading this book I became quickly aware of how biased I was as a reader.  To be sure, the fact that I have a marked pro-Ukrainian bias as opposed to a pro-Russian … Continue reading

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Boris Gudunov And The Russian Dilemma

For the past few days I have been listening to a Russian opera in my car.  Not being someone who has listened to a lot of operas, and certainly not Russian ones, I have found this particular opera to be … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sailing From Byzantium

Sailing From Byzantium:  How A Lost Empire Shaped The World, by Colin Wells I don’t know where I became someone who reads a lot of books on Byzantium, but there are a lot of books on that medieval society [1], … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Russian (Rob Tacoma #1)

The Russian (Rob Tacoma #1), by Ben Coes [Note:  This book was received free of charge by St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] Having previously reviewed a work by the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Putin’s Kleptocracy

Putin’s Kleptocracy:  Who Owns Russia?, by Karen Dawisha The short answer to the titular question of this book’s subtitle is that Putin and his KGB and Petersburg cronies own much of Russia and have converted Russia into a kleptocratic state … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Possessed

The Possessed:  Adventures With Russian Books And The People Who Read Them, by Elif Batuman There are times when a cover can adequately prepare someone for the book.  This particular book has a lurid title (and one which makes sense … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Gulag Archipelago: Volume I

The Gulag Archipelago:  An Experiment In Literary Investigation:  Volume I, by Alexsandr I. Solzhenitsyn This book is without a doubt a classic, and it is one that I have been familiar with for a long time, but which I only … Continue reading

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On The Problem Of Quiddity

I suppose it would be worthwhile to begin this post with an apology.  It is a rather Nathanish tendency to fill the titles of my posts (to say nothing of their content) with words that are hard to understand and … Continue reading

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