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Mr. Pipes writes trenchantly, and at times superbly....No single volume known to me even begins to cater so adequately to those who want to discover what really happened to Russia....Nor do I know any other book better designed to help Soviet citizens to struggle out of the darkness."

-- Ronald Hingley, The New York Times Book Review

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Paperback, 976 pages
Published November 5th 1991 by Vintage (first published 1990)
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Carl Von Clausewitz
Pipes and Figes are the best authors if you are interested in Russian History.
Claudia Moscovici
The best account of the Russian Revolution--its fervor and its madness--that I have read. A must-read for anyone interested in the evolution of communism and totalitarianism.
This five star review is with serious reservations. If you are very interested in the Russian Revolution, this book is the definitive account. Not only does it demonstrate impeccable scholarship, but has a definite point of view. Pipes clearly does not like Lenin or Bolshevism. Because of his strong opinions, which show through in his writing, the book is more engaging than if he had worried about feigning objectivity. The Russian Revolution was tragic and evil, and set the stage for modern tota...more
Daniel Bakken
Richard Pipes is in the same league as David McCullough- a world class historian. He deeply understands Russia and unfolds his mastery using crystal clear prose. Blows away many myths about the Bolshevik seizure of power in 1917. Well worth the time investment to better understand this pivotal event which is still misunderstood today.
The second book of RIchard Pipes' trilogy is filled with slightly more right-wing banter than Russia Under the Old Regime, but I still would recommend it cause it sure is about as a complete history as you are probably gonna want.
Very long narrative history of the lead up and early stages of the Russian Revolution and civil war. It gives a useful picture of how confused and fast-moving the situation was, particularly in 1918. There is a constant emphasis on the role of the non-Russian nationalities during the civil war. I didn't feel that the account is sympathetic or shows empathy with any of the parties involved which limits its usefulness in understanding the way in which events developed.
It was fascinating to see real living examples of secret combinations and murders on which the formation of the Soviet Union relied. It was nothing short than the work of the adversary through the hands of a few maniacal men. It offers a somber warning to all of us. The Russian peoples were overwhelmingly against a Soviet form of government when the revolution met them. Without an anchor, they fell to the madness and the rioting of the times.
Well written. Easy access to the Russian revolution. Good book to start with when trying to understand the complex hirtory of the Russian revolution. Complement to Sheila Fitzpatrick book on the revolution.
A great book describing the development of Russia from the inside.
surly cold warrior laments the death of the royal family.
Mark Feltskog
Gaseous, shrill and unbalanced.
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Born in Poland, Richard Pipes emigrated to the United States in 1940, and became an American citizen in 1943, while serving in the Army Air Corps.

He was educated at Muskingum College and Cornell and Harvard Universities. He married Irene Eugenia Roth in 1946, and has two children.

Pipes taught at Harvard from 1950 until his retirement in 1996, and was director of Harvard's Russian Research Center f...more
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