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The Ukraine Genocide

Execution by Hunger: The Hidden Holocaust by Miron Dolot and Adam Bruno Ulam


A well-written eyewitness account of the forced collectivization of Russian agriculture in 1929-1931 and the ensuing famine in the Ukraine

The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-Famine
by Robert Conquest


An excellent account of what Conquest appropriately calls the Terror-Famine engineered by Stalin. 

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Lenin's Tomb
by David Remnick

the story of the last years of Communism in the Soviet Union by David Remnick, who covered the events for The Washington Post

Peter the Great
by Peter K. Massie

the Pulitzer Prize winning biography of Peter the Great - "Enthralling . . . As fascinating as any novel and more so than most." The New York Times Book Review

Echoes of a Native Land: Two Centuries of a Russian Village
by Serge Schmemann

New York Times correspondent Serge Schmemann returned to his ancestral village of Koltsovo and explores its history in this very interesting narrative

A People's Tragedy : The Russian Revolution : 1891-1924
by Orlando Figes

a very readable narrative account of the Russian Revolution

The Romanovs: the Final Chapter
by Robert K. Massie

a fascinating account of the last days of Nicholas II and his family 

Catherine the Great
by Henri Troyat, translated by Joan Pinkham

a great account of the court intrigues surrounding Catherine, ruler of Russia


The Gulag Archipelago: 1918-1956  
by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn

Solzhenitsyn used his own experiences in a gulag as well as evidence from more than 200 fellow prisoners and Soviet archives to reveal the apparatus of Soviet repression -- the state within the state that ruled all-powerfully

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