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Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s...
by Bill Browder

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English

Pages

417

Publication Date

February 03, 2015

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<b><i>New York Times</i> bestseller</b><BR> <BR><b>THE BOOK THAT EXPLAINS WHY RUSSIANS WANTED TO MEET WITH THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN</b><BR> <BR><b>“Part John Grisham-like thriller, part business and political memoir.” —<i>The New York Times</i></b><BR> <BR>“[<i>Red Notice</i>] does for investing in Russia and the former Soviet Union what <i>Liar’s Poker</i> did for our understanding of Salomon Brothers, Wall Street, and the mortgage-backed securities business in the 1980s. Browder’s business saga meshes well with the story of corruption and murder in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, making <i>Red Notice</i> an early candidate for any list of the year’s best books” (<i>Fortune</i>).<BR><BR>This is a story about an accidental activist. Bill Browder started out his adult life as the Wall Street maverick whose instincts led him to Russia just after the breakup of the Soviet Union, where he made his fortune.<BR> <BR> Along the way he exposed corruption, and when he did, he barely escaped with his life. His Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky wasn’t so lucky: he ended up in jail, where he was tortured to death. That changed Browder forever. He saw the murderous heart of the Putin regime and has spent the last half decade on a campaign to expose it. Because of that, he became Putin’s number one enemy, especially after Browder succeeded in having a law passed in the United States—The Magnitsky Act—that punishes a list of Russians implicated in the lawyer’s murder. Putin famously retaliated with a law that bans Americans from adopting Russian orphans.<BR> <BR>A financial caper, a crime thriller, and a political crusade, <i>Red Notice</i> is the story of one man taking on overpowering odds to change the world, and also the story of how, without intending to, he found meaning in his life.
Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia
by David Greene

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

October 20, 2014

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<p>Travels with NPR host David Greene along the Trans-Siberian Railroad capture an overlooked, idiosyncratic Russia in the age of Putin.</p><br /><p>Far away from the trendy cafés, designer boutiques, and political protests and crackdowns in Moscow, the real Russia exists.</p><br /><p><em>Midnight in Siberia</em> chronicles David Greene’s journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway, a 6,000-mile cross-country trip from Moscow to the Pacific port of Vladivostok. In quadruple-bunked cabins and stopover towns sprinkled across the country’s snowy landscape, Greene speaks with ordinary Russians about how their lives have changed in the post-Soviet years.</p><br /><p>These travels offer a glimpse of the new Russia—a nation that boasts open elections and newfound prosperity but continues to endure oppression, corruption, a dwindling population, and stark inequality.</p><br /><p>We follow Greene as he finds opportunity and hardship embodied in his fellow train travelers and in conversations with residents of towns throughout Siberia.</p><br /><p>We meet Nadezhda, an entrepreneur who runs a small hotel in Ishim, fighting through corrupt layers of bureaucracy every day. Greene spends a joyous evening with a group of babushkas who made international headlines as runners-up at the Eurovision singing competition. They sing Beatles covers, alongside their traditional songs, finding that music and companionship can heal wounds from the past. In Novosibirsk, Greene has tea with Alexei, who runs the carpet company his mother began after the Soviet collapse and has mixed feelings about a government in which his family has done quite well. And in Chelyabinsk, a hunt for space debris after a meteorite landing leads Greene to a young man orphaned as a teenager, forced into military service, and now figuring out if any of his dreams are possible.</p><br /><p><em>Midnight in Siberia</em> is a lively travel narrative filled with humor, adventure, and insight. It opens a window onto that country’s complicated relationship with democracy and offers a rare look into the soul of twenty-first-century Russia.</p>
Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident
by Donnie Eichar

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English

Pages

290

Publication Date

October 22, 2013

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In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the incident—unexplained violent injuries, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, and elevated levels of radiation found on some of their clothes—have led to decades of speculation over what really happened. This <em>New York Times</em> bestseller is a gripping work of literary nonfiction delves into the mystery through unprecedented access to the hikers' own journals and photographs, rarely seen government records, dozens of interviews, and the author's retracing of the hikers' fateful journey in the Russian winter. A fascinating portrait of the young hikers in the Soviet era, and a skillful interweaving of the hikers narrative, the investigators' efforts, and the author's investigations, here for the first time is the real story of what happened that night on Dead Mountain.
The Plot to Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies and WikiLeaks ...
by Malcolm Nance

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English

Pages

216

Publication Date

September 20, 2016

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“<b><i>The Plot to Hack America</i> reads like a spy thriller, but it’s all too real.</b>” –<i>US Daily Review</i><br /><br /><b>Over 500 Amazon *FIVE STAR* Reviews!</b><br /><br />“Nance states that, by their choices, actions, and statements, ‘Trump and Pence chose Russia’s values over America’s.’” –Michael Lipkin, <i>New York Journal of Books</i><br /><br />Published a full month prior to the divisive Trump vs. Clinton 2016 presidential election, this book exposed the Russian hacking while the CIA was drafting their own report. In April 2016, computer technicians at the Democratic National Committee discovered that someone had accessed the organization’s computer servers and conducted a theft that is <b>best described as Watergate 2.0</b>. In the weeks that followed, the nation’s top computer security experts discovered that the cyber thieves had helped themselves to everything: sensitive documents, emails, donor information, even voice mails.<br /><br />Soon after, the remainder of the Democratic Party machine, the congressional campaign, the Clinton campaign, and their friends and allies in the media were also hacked. Credit cards numbers, phone numbers, and contacts were stolen. In short order, the FBI found that more than twenty-five state election offices had their voter registration systems probed or attacked by the same hackers.<br /><br />Western intelligence agencies tracked the hack to Russian spy agencies and dubbed them the “Cyber Bears.” The media was soon flooded with the stolen information channeled through Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. It was a massive attack on America but the Russian hacks appeared to have a singular goal—elect Donald J. Trump as president of the United States.<br /><br /><i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Defeating ISIS</i>, Airey Neave Memorial Book Prize finalist for <i>Hacking ISIS</i>, career intelligence officer, and MSNBC terrorism expert correspondent Malcolm Nance’s fast paced real-life spy thriller takes you from Vladimir Putin’s rise through the KGB from junior officer to spymaster-in-chief and spells out the story of how he performed the ultimate political manipulation—convincing Donald Trump to abandon seventy years of American foreign policy including the destruction of NATO, cheering the end of the European Union, allowing Russian domination of Eastern Europe, and destroying the existing global order with America at its lead.<br /><br /><i><b>The Plot to Hack America</b></i> is the thrilling true story of how Putin’s spy agency, run by the Russian billionaire class, used the promise of power and influence to cultivate Trump as well as his closest aides, the Kremlin Crew, to become unwitting assets of the Russian government. <b>The goal? To put an end to 240 years of free and fair American democratic elections.</b>
The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
by Masha Gessen

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English

Pages

527

Publication Date

October 03, 2017

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<b>WINNER OF THE 2017 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD IN NONFICTION<br /><br /><b><b><b>FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS </b></b></b><br /><br />NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2017 BY<i> THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW</i>, <i>LOS ANGELES TIMES</i>, <i>WASHINGTON POST</i>,  <i>BOSTON GLOBE</i>, <i>SEATTLE TIMES</i>, <i>CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR</i>, <i>NEWSWEEK,</i> <i>PASTE</i>, and<i> POP SUGAR</i></b><br /><br /><b>The essential journalist and bestselling biographer of Vladimir Putin reveals how, in the space of a generation, Russia surrendered to a more virulent and invincible new strain of autocracy. </b> <br /><br />Award-winning journalist Masha Gessen's understanding of the events and forces that have wracked Russia in recent times is unparalleled. In The Future Is History, Gessen follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each of them came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children and grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia, each with newfound aspirations of their own--as entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers, and writers, sexual and social beings. <br /><br />Gessen charts their paths against the machinations of the regime that would crush them all, and against the war it waged on understanding itself, which ensured the unobstructed reemergence of the old Soviet order in the form of today's terrifying and seemingly unstoppable mafia state. Powerful and urgent, The Future Is History is a cautionary tale for our time and for all time.
The Taking of K-129: How the CIA Used Howard Hughes to Steal a Ru...
by Josh Dean

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English

Pages

442

Publication Date

September 05, 2017

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<b>An incredible true tale of espionage and engineering set at the height of the Cold War—a mix between <i>The</i> <i>Hunt for Red October</i> and <i>Argo—</i>about how the CIA, the U.S. Navy, and <b>America’s most eccentric mogul </b>spent six years and nearly a billion dollars to steal the nuclear-armed Soviet submarine K-129 after it had sunk to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean; all while the Russians were watching.</b><br /><br />In the early hours of February 25, 1968, a Russian submarine armed with three nuclear ballistic missiles set sail from its base in Siberia on a routine combat patrol to Hawaii. Then it vanished.<br /><br />As the Soviet Navy searched in vain for the lost vessel, a small, highly classified American operation using sophisticated deep-sea spy equipment found it—wrecked on the sea floor at a depth of 16,800 feet, far beyond the capabilities of any salvage that existed. But the potential intelligence assets onboard the ship—the nuclear warheads, battle orders, and cryptological machines—justified going to extreme lengths to find a way to raise the submarine.<br /><br />So began Project Azorian, a top-secret mission that took six years, cost an estimated $800 million, and would become the largest and most daring covert operation in CIA history. <br /><br />After the U.S. Navy declared retrieving the sub “impossible,” the mission fell to the CIA's burgeoning Directorate of Science and Technology, the little-known division responsible for the legendary U-2 and SR-71 Blackbird spy planes. Working with Global Marine Systems, the country's foremost maker of exotic, deep-sea drilling vessels, the CIA commissioned the most expensive ship ever built and told the world that it belonged to the reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, who would use the mammoth ship to mine rare minerals from the ocean floor. In reality, a complex network of spies, scientists, and politicians attempted a project even crazier than Hughes’s reputation: raising the sub directly under the watchful eyes of the Russians. <br /> <i> <br />The Taking of K-129</i> is a riveting, almost unbelievable true-life tale of military history, engineering genius, and high-stakes spy-craft set during the height of the Cold War, when nuclear annihilation was a constant fear, and the opportunity to gain even the slightest advantage over your enemy was worth massive risk.
Peter the Great: His Life and World
by Robert K. Massie

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English

Pages

963

Publication Date

February 22, 2012

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"Enthralling...As fascinating as any novel and more so than most!"<br />THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW<br />Against the monumental canvas of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe and Russia, unfolds the magnificent story of Peter the Great. He brought Russia from the darkness of its own Middle Ages into the Enlightenment and transformed it into the power that has its legacy in the Russia of our own century.
Gorbachev: His Life and Times
by William Taubman

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English

Pages

869

Publication Date

September 05, 2017

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<p>A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist<br /><br /><br /><br />The definitive biography of the transformational world leader by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of <em>Khrushchev</em>.</p><br /><p>When Mikhail Gorbachev became the leader of the Soviet Union in 1985, the USSR was one of the world’s two superpowers. By 1989, his liberal policies of perestroika and glasnost had permanently transformed Soviet Communism, and had made enemies of radicals on the right and left. By 1990 he, more than anyone else, had ended the Cold War, and in 1991, after barely escaping from a coup attempt, he unintentionally presided over the collapse of the Soviet Union he had tried to save. In the first comprehensive biography of the final Soviet leader, William Taubman shows how a peasant boy became the Soviet system’s gravedigger, how he clambered to the top of a system designed to keep people like him down, how he found common ground with America’s arch-conservative president Ronald Reagan, and how he permitted the USSR and its East European empire to break apart without using force to preserve them. Throughout, Taubman portrays the many sides of Gorbachev’s unique character that, by Gorbachev’s own admission, make him “difficult to understand.” Was he in fact a truly great leader, or was he brought low in the end by his own shortcomings, as well as by the unyielding forces he faced?</p><br /><p>Drawing on interviews with Gorbachev himself, transcripts and documents from the Russian archives, and interviews with Kremlin aides and adversaries, as well as foreign leaders, Taubman’s intensely personal portrait extends to Gorbachev’s remarkable marriage to a woman he deeply loved, and to the family that they raised together. Nuanced and poignant, yet unsparing and honest, this sweeping account has all the amplitude of a great Russian novel.</p>
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
by Robert K. Massie

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English

Pages

656

Publication Date

November 08, 2011

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<b>“[A] tale of power, perseverance and passion . . . a great story in the hands of a master storyteller.”—<i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /> <b> </b><br /> The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of <i>Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, </i>and<i> The Romanovs </i>returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure German princess who became one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history. Born into a minor noble family, Catherine transformed herself into empress of Russia by sheer determination. For thirty-four years, the government, foreign policy, cultural development, and welfare of the Russian people were in her hands. She dealt with domestic rebellion, foreign wars, and the tidal wave of political change and violence churned up by the French Revolution. Catherine’s family, friends, ministers, generals, lovers, and enemies—all are here, vividly brought to life. History offers few stories richer than that of Catherine the Great. In this book, an eternally fascinating woman is returned to life.<br />  <br /> <b>“[A] compelling portrait not just of a Russian titan, but also of a flesh-and-blood woman.”—<i>Newsweek</i></b><br /> <b><i> </i></b><br /> <b>“An absorbing, satisfying biography.”—<i>Los Angeles Times</i></b><br />  <br /> <b>“Juicy and suspenseful.”—<i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /> <b> </b><br /> <b>“A great life, indeed, and irresistibly told.”—Salon</b><br /> <b> </b><br /> NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY<br /> <i>The New York Times • The Washington Post • USA Today • The Boston Globe • San Francisco Chronicle • Chicago Tribune • Newsweek/</i>The Daily Beast<i> </i>• Salon • <i>Vogue</i> • <i>St. Louis Post-Dispatch • The Providence Journal • Washington Examiner • </i>South Florida<i> Sun-Sentinel • BookPage • </i>Bookreporter • <i>Publishers Weekly<br /></i><br /> BONUS: This edition contains a <i>Catherine the Great </i>reader's guide.
The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution
by Yuri Slezkine

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English

Pages

1106

Publication Date

August 07, 2017

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<p><b>On the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the epic story of an enormous apartment building where Communist true believers lived before their destruction</b></p><p><i>The House of Government</i> is unlike any other book about the Russian Revolution and the Soviet experiment. Written in the tradition of Tolstoy's <i>War and Peace</i>, Grossman’s <i>Life and Fate</i>, and Solzhenitsyn’s <i>The Gulag Archipelago</i>, Yuri Slezkine’s gripping narrative tells the true story of the residents of an enormous Moscow apartment building where top Communist officials and their families lived before they were destroyed in Stalin’s purges. A vivid account of the personal and public lives of Bolshevik true believers, the book begins with their conversion to Communism and ends with their children’s loss of faith and the fall of the Soviet Union.</p><br /><p>Completed in 1931, the House of Government, later known as the House on the Embankment, was located across the Moscow River from the Kremlin. The largest residential building in Europe, it combined 505 furnished apartments with public spaces that included everything from a movie theater and a library to a tennis court and a shooting range. Slezkine tells the chilling story of how the building’s residents lived in their apartments and ruled the Soviet state until some eight hundred of them were evicted from the House and led, one by one, to prison or their deaths.</p><br /><p>Drawing on letters, diaries, and interviews, and featuring hundreds of rare photographs, <i>The House of Government</i> weaves together biography, literary criticism, architectural history, and fascinating new theories of revolutions, millennial prophecies, and reigns of terror. The result is an unforgettable human saga of a building that, like the Soviet Union itself, became a haunted house, forever disturbed by the ghosts of the disappeared.</p>

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