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Nina Kosterina: A Young Communist in Stalinist Russia

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Nina Kosterina was born in a revolutionary camp as the Bolsheviks took over Russia in the 1920s. She beat the odds of survival during the harsh early years and emerged in the 1930s as a young Communist woman in love with her country, her family, her city, her friends, politics, art and life. Even when Joseph Stalin's regime tore apart her family and imprisoned her father, ...more
Paperback, 202 pages
Published November 24th 2010 by CreateSpace (first published 2010)
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Svetlana Kovalkova-McKenna
It is an absolutely remarkable little book! There is so much history of 20th century Russia packed in just 100 pages. The author goes above and beyond to present the world Nina Costerina lived in. Everything is right on, from explanations about the economy and political parties fight for power to the smallest details about everyday life.
It is a dynamic, well structured book. The personality of Nina Kosterina is fascinating and the author does an admirable job being reader’s guide through Nina’s
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Barbara Smith
Feb 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nina Kosterina: A Young Communist in Stalinist Russia, by Jennifer Phillips, is loaded with history! But not the boring history we all remember from our childhood (or at least those of you at my age). Jennifer Phillips makes history come alive in this well-packed book. With the help of Nina Kosterina’s diary, the author tells a very interesting story from the viewpoint of a young but strong-minded girl in Stalin’s youth movement. A lot of research was put into this book and I learned a great dea ...more
William Bentrim
Apr 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
NINA KOSTERINA--A YOUNG COMMUNIST IN STALINIST RUSSIA by Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips brings an interesting story to current readers. I taught history and was not familiar with the story of Nina Kosterina. The book is far more than just an explanation of a young girl’s diary. It is a description of the evolving of Russian society. Our days as the bogie man to the Russians and their days as the Evil Empire have passed but we as a society have very little knowledge of what historic events le
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Jan 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Written for young people, this biography offers a detailed account of post-Bolshevik Russia. Interpsersed with historical notes and actual excerpts from her diary is the story of a remarkable girl in love with the arts and dedicated to her homeland. As I read, I couldn't help but be reminded of The Diary of Anne Frank, as both girls' idealism in the midst of extraordinary circumstances formed the centerpieces of their their stories. I think this would be a great supplemental read for students st ...more
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nonfiction-stalinist russia. diary of a young woman from 15-20, she died in a Nazi ambush.
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