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Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine
by Anne Applebaum

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English

Pages

466

Publication Date

October 10, 2017

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<b>AN <i>ECONOMIST</i> BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR<br /><br />From the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning <i>Gulag</i> and the National Book Award finalist <i>Iron Curtain</i>, a revelatory history of one of Stalin's greatest crimes—the consequences of which still resonate today</b><br /><br />In 1929 Stalin launched his policy of agricultural collectivization—in effect a second Russian revolution—which forced millions of peasants off their land and onto collective farms. The result was a catastrophic famine, the most lethal in European history. At least five million people died between 1931 and 1933 in the USSR. But instead of sending relief the Soviet state made use of the catastrophe to rid itself of a political problem. In <i>Red Famine</i>, Anne Applebaum argues that more than three million of those dead were Ukrainians who perished not because they were accidental victims of a bad policy but because the state deliberately set out to kill them.<br /><br />Applebaum proves what has long been suspected: after a series of rebellions unsettled the province, Stalin set out to destroy the Ukrainian peasantry. The state sealed the republic’s borders and seized all available food. Starvation set in rapidly, and people ate anything: grass, tree bark, dogs, corpses. In some cases, they killed one another for food. Devastating and definitive, <i>Red Famine</i> captures the horror of ordinary people struggling to survive extraordinary evil.<br /><br />Today, Russia, the successor to the Soviet Union, has placed Ukrainian independence in its sights once more. Applebaum’s compulsively readable narrative recalls one of the worst crimes of the twentieth century, and shows how it may foreshadow a new threat to the political order in the twenty-first.
Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest N...
by Adam Higginbotham

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English

Pages

561

Publication Date

February 12, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><br /> <br /><b>Journalist Adam Higginbotham’s definitive, years-in-the-making account of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster—and a powerful investigation into how propaganda, secrecy, and myth have obscured the true story of one of the twentieth century’s greatest disasters.</b><br /><br />Early in the morning of April 26, 1986, Reactor Number Four of the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station exploded, triggering history’s worst nuclear disaster. In the thirty years since then, Chernobyl has become lodged in the collective nightmares of the world: shorthand for the spectral horrors of radiation poisoning, for a dangerous technology slipping its leash, for ecological fragility, and for what can happen when a dishonest and careless state endangers its citizens and the entire world. But the real story of the accident, clouded from the beginning by secrecy, propaganda, and misinformation, has long remained in dispute.<br /> <br />Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews conducted over the course of more than ten years, as well as letters, unpublished memoirs, and documents from recently-declassified archives, Adam Higginbotham has written a harrowing and compelling narrative which brings the disaster to life through the eyes of the men and women who witnessed it firsthand. The result is a masterful nonfiction thriller, and the definitive account of an event that changed history: a story that is more complex, more human, and more terrifying than the Soviet myth.<br /> <br /><i>Midnight in Chernobyl </i>is an indelible portrait of one of the great disasters of the twentieth century, of human resilience and ingenuity, and the lessons learned when mankind seeks to bend the natural world to his will—lessons which, in the face of climate change and other threats, remain not just vital but necessary.
Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's F...
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.
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 <br /><br /></b></b></b>WINNER OF THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY'S HELEN BERNSTEIN BOOK AWARD  <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 Moscow Rules: The Secret CIA Tactics That Helped America Win ...
by , Jonna Mendez

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English

Pages

238

Publication Date

May 21, 2019

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<b>From the spymaster and inspiration for the movie <i>Argo</i>: how a group of brilliant but under-supported CIA operatives developed breakthrough spy tactics that helped turn the tide of the Cold War</b><br />Antonio Mendez and his future wife Jonna were CIA operatives working to spy on Moscow in the late 1970s, at one of the most dangerous moments in the Cold War. Soviets kept files on all foreigners, studied their patterns, and tapped their phones. Intelligence work was effectively impossible. The Soviet threat loomed larger than ever.<br /><i>The Moscow Rules</i> tells the story of the intelligence breakthroughs that turned the odds in America's favor. As experts in disguise, Antonio and Jonna were instrumental in developing a series of tactics--Hollywood-inspired identity swaps, ingenious evasion techniques, and an armory of James Bond-style gadgets--that allowed CIA officers to outmaneuver the KGB.<br />As Russia again rises in opposition to America, this remarkable story is a tribute to those who risked everything for their country, and to the ingenuity that allowed them to succeed.
The German Half-Bloods (The Half-Bloods Trilogy Book 1)
by Jana Petken

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English

Pages

645

Publication Date

March 06, 2018

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From the Multi-Award-Winning Author comes, The German Half-Bloods.<br />“A historical novel steeped in horror, danger and suspense; a true page-turner.”<br />2018 Readers' Favorite Award winner.<br /><br />Germany, September 1939. At the outbreak of War, Dieter Vogel and his family face catastrophic events and separation as each member embarks on their deadly paths towards survival, love, and freedom.<br /><br />Dieter Vogel, a German industrialist, believes in protecting his family at all costs, but in a bid to keep his English wife and children safe, he is plunged into a well of deceit that tears the family apart. <br /><br />Doctor Paul Vogel is coerced into working in the Nazi eugenics programme and soon discovers that sterilising handicapped and mentally-ill Germans is just a prelude to a more lethal plan against those the Reich deem unworthy of life. Paul, trapped by the SS, seeks help from the unlikeliest of people and is plunged into a world of espionage and murder.<br /><br />British Army Major, Max Vogel, is attached to The British Intelligence Services and Winston Churchill’s Special Operations Executive. His missions in occupied Europe are fraught with danger, and his adulterous affair with a woman he cannot give up leads him deeper into the quagmire of treachery and lies.<br /><br />Wilmot Vogel dreams of winning the Iron Cross, but when he confronts a mass killing of Jews in Poland, his idolatry of Hitler is shaken to its roots, and he finds himself imprisoned in the infamous Dachau concentration camp with no release date in sight.<br /><br />Hannah Vogel has no ambition other than to marry her English fiancé, Frank, before the lines of war are drawn. Against her father’s wishes, she leaves Berlin on the eve of the German invasion of Poland, but when she arrives in England, she learns that Frank is not the civilian engineer he claims to be.<br /><br />The Vogels, On All Fronts, coming October 2018 The Half-Bloods Series Book 2<br /><br />Editorial Review, Readers' Favorite 5 Stars<br /><br />The German Half-Bloods (The Half-Blood Series Book 1) by Jana Petken is an intense, nail-biting ride through WWII Germany. The unique perspectives of the characters in Germany, as well as those in England, were refreshing and charismatic. I am well-versed in the history of the time period, and I must say that very few historical novels of the period are satisfactorily accurate enough for me to enjoy, this book being a rare exception. I was deeply impressed with the characters' viewpoints and the extent of the plot. The author spun such an intricately woven web of intrigue that I didn't want to stop reading. I was transported back in time and enjoyed every minute of it! I loved this novel! It is beautifully written and deeply moving. Although there are some historically accurate details that may disturb a younger audience, I feel that this novel is an essential historical read.<br /><br />
Voices from Chernobyl (Lannan Selection)
by Svetlana Alexievich

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English

Pages

257

Publication Date

October 16, 2015

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<b>Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award</b> A journalist by trade, who now suffers from an immune deficiency developed while researching this book, presents personal accounts of what happened to the people of Belarus after the nuclear reactor accident in 1986, and the fear, anger, and uncertainty that they still live with. The Nobel Prize in Literature 2015 was awarded to Svetlana Alexievich "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time."
The Mueller Report
by The Washington Post

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English

Pages

737

Publication Date

April 19, 2019

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<b>The Crucial #1 <i>New York Times</i> Bestseller</b><br /> <br /><b>“The Mueller report is that rare Washington tell-all that surpasses its pre-publication hype…the best book by far on the workings of the Trump presidency.” —Carlos Lozada, <i>The Washington Post</i></b><br /> <br /> <b>The only book with exclusive analysis by the Pulitzer Prize–winning staff of <i>The Washington Post</i>, and the most complete and authoritative available.</b><br /><br />Read the findings of the Special Counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, complete with accompanying analysis by the <i>Post</i> reporters who’ve covered the story from the beginning.<br /> <br /> This edition from <i>The Washington Post</i>/Scribner contains:<br /> <br />—A fully-searchable live-text version of the long-awaited <b>Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election. </b>Readers can take notes and highlight. Footnotes are linked for easy navigation. Redactions are distinctively formatted and clear.<br /> <br />—<b>An introduction</b> by <i>The Washington Post</i> titled “A President, a Prosecutor, and the Protection of American Democracy”<br /> <br /> —<b>A timeline</b> of the major events of the Special Counsel’s investigation from May 2017, when Robert Mueller was appointed, to the report's delivery<br /> <br /> —<b>A guide to individuals</b> involved, including in the Special Counsel’s Office, the Department of Justice, the FBI, the Trump Campaign, the White House, the Trump legal defense team, and the Russians<br /> <br /> —<b>Key documents</b> in the Special Counsel’s investigation, including filings pertaining to General Michael T. Flynn, Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, Roger Stone, and the Russian internet operation in St. Petersburg. Each document is introduced and explained by <i>Washington Post</i> reporters.<br /> <br /> One of the most urgent and important investigations ever conducted, the Mueller inquiry focuses on Donald Trump, his presidential campaign, and Russian interference in the 2016 election, and draws on the testimony of dozens of witnesses and the work of some of the country’s most seasoned prosecutors.<br /> <br /> The special counsel’s investigation looms as a turning point in American history. <i>The Mueller Report </i>is essential reading for all citizens concerned about the fate of the presidency and the future of our democracy.
The Vogels: On All Fronts (The Half-Bloods Trilogy Book 2)
by Jana Petken

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English

Pages

600

Publication Date

October 26, 2018

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Jana Petken presents Volume 2 of the multi-award-winning Half-Bloods Series.<br /><br />“The Vogels are fighting on all fronts in this compelling story of intrigue and betrayal in a world at war.”<br /><br />European citizens feel the full force of German injustice, but not all are willing to bend the knee. From France to Poland, Resistance groups fight from the shadows to thwart Nazi rule and hinder their goal to exterminate Jews.<br /><br />In Russia, Wilmot Vogel struggles to survive the ravages of a frigid winter, compounded by the German army’s lack of progress. Hit by a surprise Russian attack on the front lines, however, he finds himself facing an even greater challenge than the freezing weather and Soviet bullets.<br /><br />In Łódź, Poland, an idealistic doctor is resolved to oppose the Third Reich, but is he willing to betray his country? Will a Gestapo major find the answers he’s looking for? Can a ghetto Jew avoid transportation to a Nazi extermination camp?<br /><br />Can two spies rekindle their friendship, or will past betrayals become hurdles too great to surmount? Can Britain’s MI6 maintain the upper hand in a contest against the German Abwehr? Who wins when one man fights for British interests whilst the other seeks to undermine them?<br /><br />In the darkest days of war, love flourishes. Two women with very different paths are led to one man who changes the course of their lives forever – but only one will win his heart.<br /><br />Editorial Review From Readers' Favourite<br /><br />The Vogels: On All Fronts by author Jana Petken is a story of love, loss, life and the ties which bind or divide us. The continuation of the Half-Bloods Series, this episode takes place during the horrors of the Second World War as race, nationality and the desire for bloodshed separate neighbors, friends and lovers. Wilmot Vogel is a central figure, desperately trying to survive on the frozen battlefields of Russia, and he is only one of many figures spread across Europe, trying to bring about their own results during the world, for good or ill. Amidst all this, romance blossoms, but not for everyone despite how hard they try.<br /><br />Author Jana Petken presents a sweeping narrative that really does feel like you’re travelling through the world at war as it rages on. The different scenes taking place were superbly well described and attained a real sense of history throughout, but I was also impressed by the distinct differences in culture from country to country which were also accurately done. The emotive story lines of both light and dark characters really unpick the unspeakable things that had to be done in order to survive in these times, but there are also moments of exciting espionage, hopeful idealistic romance and proud bravery even during the darkest moments Europe has ever faced. <br /><br />The three Vogel boys grow into men as the tale expands, building on the previous family of book one with new and unexpected complications. Overall, The Vogels: On All Fronts is a highly recommended read for fans of expansive historical drama. <br />
Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story Of American Submarine Espiona...
by , Christopher Drew

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English

Pages

384

Publication Date

March 04, 2008

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<b>Discover the secret history of America's submarine warfare in this fast-paced and deeply researched chronicle of adventure and intrigue during the Cold War that reads like a spy thriller.</b><br /><br /> <i>Blind Man's Bluff</i> is an exciting, epic story of adventure, ingenuity, courage, and disaster beneath the sea. This <i>New York Times</i> bestseller reveals previously unknown dramas, such as:<br /><br /><ul><li>The mission to send submarines wired with self-destruct charges into the heart of Soviet seas to tap crucial underwater telephone cables.</li><li>How the Navy's own negligence may have been responsible for the loss of the USS <em>Scorpion</em>, a submarine that disappeared, all hands lost, in 1968.</li><li>The bitter war between the CIA and the Navy and how it threatened to sabotage one of America's most important undersea missions.</li><li>The audacious attempt to steal a Soviet submarine with the help of eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes, and how it was doomed from the start.</li></ul><br /><br /> A magnificent achievement in investigative reporting, <em>Blind Man's Bluff</em> reads like a spy thriller, but with one important difference-everything in it is true.<br /><br />

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