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The Ukraine Genocide

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

a very readable narrative account of the Russian Revolution

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The Romanovs: the Final Chapter
by Robert K. Massie

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

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Catherine the Great
by Henri Troyat, translated by Joan Pinkham

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

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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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You may wish to visit our pages on Russia & Eastern Europe, the Ukraine Famine and the Terror Genocide Multimedia Exhibit