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Gulag : A History of the Soviet Concentration Camps
This is a fantastic book. It is a must-read for anyone who has any illusions about communism. It sucks. It is evil. It belongs in the dustbin of histo ...more
Jul 17, 2004
May 19, 2008
Fear No Evil
So I'm watching Hell's Kitchen the other night, one of the few, if not the only, reality show I like (though I'm enjoying it less and less every year) ...more
Feb 10, 2009
Feb 01, 2009
On a Field of Red: The Communist International & the Coming of World War 2
It may take you forever to read this (as it did me), but for history geeks it's worth the time and effort.

This is a detailed history of the various d
Dec 05, 2013
May 25, 2009
Why They Behave Like Russians
I found this little gem at the VNSA Book Sale, which is the best used book sale on the planet. I paid $1.00 for a first-edition hardcover. The book is ...more
Nov 13, 2009
Nov 10, 2009
The Forsaken: An American Tragedy in Stalin's Russia
Excellent book. Well-written, good pacing, a nice mix of personal history and general history. The author is primarily concerned with Americans impris ...more
Jan 27, 2009
Jan 19, 2009
Loyal Comrades, Ruthless Killers: The Secret Services of the USSR 1920's to the Present
Interesting and well-written, with a nice layout and good photos. The author did a fine job of spending more time than most authors do on Lenin and Tr ...more
Mar 14, 2009
Mar 01, 2009
Intimacy and Terror: Soviet Diaries of the 1930s
This is an interesting, and at times fascinating, collection of diaries written by various Russians during the 1930's. Each diary includes an introduc ...more
Aug 10, 2013
Jul 19, 2013
Behind Europe's Curtain
This is an interesting collection of essays about the author's travels around various European countries that were dominated by the Soviet Union. He m ...more
May 20, 2014
May 04, 2014
Man Is Wolf to Man: Surviving the Gulag
This is a well-written, detailed, and engrossing account of the author's oppression, arrest, and imprisonment at the hands of the Soviet Union during ...more
Jun 11, 2013
Jul 27, 2010
Journey into the Whirlwind
Of all the Soviet gulag narrative histories or survivor's memoirs I've read, this may be the first written by a committed Communist. Plenty were arres ...more
Apr 30, 2011
Jul 27, 2010
The Shadow of the Winter Palace: Russia's Drift to Revolution 1825-1917
As the title makes clear, the author examines 19th-century Russia, told from the Tsar's point of view. The book begins with the tragic and comical upr ...more
Sep 12, 2002
May 30, 2008
Stalin's Slave Ships: Kolyma, the Gulag Fleet, and the Role of the West
This is an interesting and informative account of the sea-based transportation system used by the Soviet Union to transfer gulag prisoners to the dead ...more
Feb 17, 2010
Feb 22, 2009
The Police State: What you want to know about the Soviet Union
I picked up this little gem at a used book sale a couple years ago. It cost two bucks. I love used books!

Published in 1950, this 248-page volume is jo
Jun 2008
May 27, 2008
The Last Secret: The Delivery to Stalin of Over Two Million Russians by Britain & the United States
This is a fascinating and depressing story of how the Allied powers (Britian and the United States) turned over Russian citizens to the Soviet Union i ...more
Sep 12, 2009
Feb 15, 2009
The Unknown Gulag: The Lost World of Stalin's Special Settlements
This is yet another grim, sad, horrifying tale of the former Soviet Union. While other books have touched on the liquidation of the so-called kulaks, ...more
Oct 06, 2009
Feb 17, 2009
The Great Terror: A Reassessment
Wednesday, March 5, 2003 was the fiftieth anniversary of Joseph Stalin's death. As historian and poet Robert Conquest makes clear in this epic book, o ...more
Mar 09, 2003
May 27, 2008
Echoes of a Native Land: Two Centuries of a Russian Village
I really enjoyed this book. It's always interesting, with a nice mix of modern-day commentary and historical description. It's told primarily from the ...more
Mar 31, 2012
Mar 04, 2012
Shadow Pass (Inspector Pekkala #2)
I think what I like most about Eastland's Pekkala series is that he gets the former Soviet Union, and he portrays that very well in this series. The m ...more
Jul 23, 2014
Jul 20, 2014
Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler: The Age of Social Catastrophe
I finally finished this massive beast of a book. It's interesting and well-written, and serves as a great introduction to the topics of Nazi Germany a ...more
Mar 18, 2011
Feb 13, 2011
Till My Tale Is Told: Women's Memoirs of the Gulag
This is an excellent collection of several women's experiences in the Soviet gulag system. Some are better than others, of course. Some are a bit vagu ...more
Aug 22, 2010
Jul 27, 2010
Dancing Under the Red Star: The Extraordinary Story of Margaret Werner, the Only American Woman to Survive Stalin's Gulag
This is a fairly decent gulag memoir. For gulag geeks like me, there's really nothing new here, save for the description of life in Russia before Worl ...more
Sep 19, 2010
Jul 27, 2010
Everyday Stalinism: Ordinary Life in Extraordinary Times: Soviet Russia in the 1930s
It seems like I've been reading this book for years, mainly because once I got a few pages done, my eyelids grew heavy and I wanted to take a nap.

Nov 21, 2010
Jul 27, 2010
Eye of the Red Tsar (Inspector Pekkala, #1)
Pretty decent crime drama set in late 1920's Soviet Russia. Not the most exciting read in the world, but still fun with plot twists and good character ...more
Jul 17, 2013
Jul 15, 2013
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
I've had this in my extensive TBR pile for a few years now, and decided to read it after hearing of the author's death last weekend. It seemed like a ...more
Aug 09, 2008
Aug 04, 2008
Inside the Stalin Archives: Discovering the New Russia
An interesting book that doesn't quite seem to know what it wants to be. At times, it's the story of how Yale University Press got its hands on valuab ...more
Feb 28, 2013
Jan 28, 2009
Stalin's Peasants: Resistance and Survival in the Russian Village After Collectivization
A detailed, informative and useful book about its topic, but also boring. The narrative is very dry, the sentences are long and the paragraphs are den ...more
Dec 29, 2011
Feb 22, 2009
The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia
This book is an incredible achievement. It seamlessly weaves narrative history with the personal intimate histories of individuals and families, showi ...more
Jul 18, 2010
Jan 28, 2009
Soviet Civilization: A Cultural History
Fairly interesting examination of Soviet culture and civilization as told by some of its more prominent writers and poets. It does drag a bit here and ...more
Aug 14, 2014
Feb 13, 2011
Alexander Dolgun's Story: An American in the Gulag
The first book I ever read about the Soviet gulag system. It's a great introduction to the subject, since it's well-written, informative, and not too ...more
Jan 1996
May 31, 2008
KGB: The Inside Story of Its Foreign Operations from Lenin to Gorbachev
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May 27, 2008
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