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Stalin's Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetl...
by Rosemary Sullivan

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English

Pages

759

Publication Date

June 02, 2015

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<p><strong>Winner of the Plutarch Award for Best Biography</strong></p><p><strong>National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist</strong></p><p><strong>PEN Literary Award Finalist</strong></p><p><strong><em>New York Times </em>Notable Book</strong></p><p><strong><em>Washington Post </em>Notable Book</strong></p><p><strong><em>Boston Globe </em>Best Book of the Year</strong></p><p>The award-winning author of <em>Villa Air-Bel</em> returns with a painstakingly researched, revelatory biography of Svetlana Stalin, a woman fated to live her life in the shadow of one of history’s most monstrous dictators—her father, Josef Stalin.</p><p>Born in the early years of the Soviet Union, Svetlana Stalin spent her youth inside the walls of the Kremlin. Communist Party privilege protected her from the mass starvation and purges that haunted Russia, but she did not escape tragedy—the loss of everyone she loved, including her mother, two brothers, aunts and uncles, and a lover twice her age, deliberately exiled to Siberia by her father.</p><p>As she gradually learned about the extent of her father’s brutality after his death, Svetlana could no longer keep quiet and in 1967 shocked the world by defecting to the United States—leaving her two children behind. But although she was never a part of her father’s regime, she could not escape his legacy. Her life in America was fractured; she moved frequently, married disastrously, shunned other Russian exiles, and ultimately died in poverty in Wisconsin.</p><p>With access to KGB, CIA, and Soviet government archives, as well as the close cooperation of Svetlana’s daughter, Rosemary Sullivan pieces together Svetlana’s incredible life in a masterful account of unprecedented intimacy. Epic in scope, it’s a revolutionary biography of a woman doomed to be a political prisoner of her father’s name. Sullivan explores a complicated character in her broader context without ever losing sight of her powerfully human story, in the process opening a closed, brutal world that continues to fascinate us.</p><p>Illustrated with photographs.</p>
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.
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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<h3><strong>New York Times bestseller! — What happened that night on Dead Mountain?</strong></h3><p><strong>The mystery of Dead Mountain:</strong> 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.</p><p><strong>As gripping and bizarre as <em>Hunt for the Skin Walker:</em></strong> This New York Times bestseller, <em>Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident,</em> is a gripping work of literary nonfiction that delves into the mystery of Dead Mountain 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.</p><p><strong>You'll love this real-life tale:</strong> Dead Mountain is a fascinating portrait of young adventurers 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.</p>
The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought a...
by Victor Davis Hanson

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English

Pages

720

Publication Date

October 17, 2017

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<b><br />A definitive account of World War II by America's preeminent military historian</b><br /><br />World War II was the most lethal conflict in human history. Never before had a war been fought on so many diverse landscapes and in so many different ways, from rocket attacks in London to jungle fighting in Burma to armor strikes in Libya.<br /><br /><i>The Second World Wars </i>examines how combat unfolded in the air, at sea, and on land to show how distinct conflicts among disparate combatants coalesced into one interconnected global war. Drawing on 3,000 years of military history, Victor Davis Hanson argues that despite its novel industrial barbarity, neither the war's origins nor its geography were unusual. Nor was its ultimate outcome surprising. The Axis powers were well prepared to win limited border conflicts, but once they blundered into global war, they had no hope of victory.<br /><br />An authoritative new history of astonishing breadth, <i>The Second World Wars</i> offers a stunning reinterpretation of history's deadliest conflict.<br /><br /><br />
The Secret Team: The CIA and Its Allies in Control of the United ...
by L. Fletcher Prouty

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English

Pages

625

Publication Date

April 01, 2011

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<DIV><I>The Secret Team</I>, L. Fletcher Prouty's CIA exposé, was first published in the 1970s, but virtually all copies of the book disappeared upon distribution, purchased en masse by shady private buyers. Certainly Prouty's amazing allegations—that the U-2 Crisis of 1960 was fixed to sabotage Eisenhower-Khrushchev talks, and that President Kennedy was assassinated to keep the U.S., and its defense budget, in Vietnam—cannot have pleased the CIA. Though suppressed (until now), <I>The Secret Team</I> was an important influence for Oliver Stone's Academy Award-winning film <I>JFK</I> and countless other works on U.S. government conspiracies, and it raises the same crucial question today that it did on its first appearance: who, in fact, is in control of the United States and the world?<br /></DIV>
A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal
by Ben Macintyre

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English

Pages

418

Publication Date

July 29, 2014

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<b>Master storyteller Ben Macintyre’s most ambitious work to date brings to life the twentieth century’s greatest spy story.</b><br /><br /><br />Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain’s counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War—while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby’s best friend and fellow officer in MI6. The two men had gone to the same schools, belonged to the same exclusive clubs, grown close through the crucible of wartime intelligence work and long nights of drink and revelry. It was madness for one to think the other might be a communist spy, bent on subverting Western values and the power of the free world.<br /> <br />But Philby was secretly betraying his friend. Every word Elliott breathed to Philby was transmitted back to Moscow—and not just Elliott’s words, for in America, Philby had made another powerful friend: James Jesus Angleton, the crafty, paranoid head of CIA counterintelligence. Angleton's and Elliott’s unwitting disclosures helped Philby sink almost every important Anglo-American spy operation for twenty years, leading countless operatives to their doom. Even as the web of suspicion closed around him, and Philby was driven to greater lies to protect his cover, his two friends never abandoned him—until it was too late. The stunning truth of his betrayal would have devastating consequences on the two men who thought they knew him best, and on the intelligence services he left crippled in his wake.<br /> <br />Told with heart-pounding suspense and keen psychological insight, and based on personal papers and never-before-seen British intelligence files, <i>A Spy Among Friends</i> is Ben Macintyre’s best book yet, a high-water mark in Cold War history telling.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>
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>
Russian History: A Captivating Guide to the History of Russia, In...
by Captivating History

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English

Pages

136

Publication Date

October 20, 2018

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<h2>Discover the Captivating History of Russia</h2><br /><b>Free History <u>BONUS</u> Inside!</b><br /><br />Russia, or the Russian Federation as it is officially known, is the world’s largest country and covers almost a sixth of the global landmass. The country is often associated with harsh climates and autocratic government. The shadow of communism and the Cold War continues to influence global attitudes towards Russia. <br /><br />This new captivating history book serves as an overview of Russian history over the span of more than a millennium, from the foundation of the Russian state by the Viking prince Rurik in 862 AD until the collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991. <br /><br /><b>In <i>Russian History: A Captivating Guide to the History of Russia, Including Events Such as the Mongol Invasion, the Napoleonic Invasion, Reforms of Peter the Great, the Fall of the Soviet Union, and More</i>, you will discover topics such as</b><br /><ul><li>The Foundation of Rus</li><li>The Christianization of Rus</li><li>The Fragmentation and Subjugation of Rus</li><li>The Rise of Muscovy</li><li>Overthrowing the Tatar yoke</li><li>Gathering the Russian Lands</li><li>The Birth of a Dynasty</li><li>The Road to Reform</li><li>Imperial Majesty</li><li>Enlightened Despotism</li><li>Reform and Reaction</li><li>War and Revolution</li><li>Terror and Upheaval</li><li>The Great Patriotic War</li><li>Cold War</li><li>Reform and Collapse</li><li>And much, much more!</li></ul><b>So if you want to discover more about the startling history of Russia, click "buy now"!</b>
Next Stop Execution: The Autobiography of Oleg Gordievsky
by Oleg Gordievsky

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English

Pages

450

Publication Date

April 14, 2015

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<b>Oleg Gordievsky was the highest ranking KGB officer ever to work for Britain.</b> <br /><br />For eleven years, from 1974 to 1985, he acted as a secret agent, reporting to the British Secret Intelligence Service while continuing to work as a KGB officer, first in Copenhagen, then in London. <br /><br />He provided Western security organizations with such a clear insight into the mind and methods of the KGB and the larger Soviet government that he has been credited with doing more than any other individual in the West to accelerate the collapse of Communism.<br /><br />In this thrilling memoir, Gordievsky lays out his extraordinary, meticulously planned escape from Russia, a story that has been described as 'one of the boldest and most extraordinary episodes in the history of spying.' (Ben Macintyre - <em>The Times</em>)<br /><br />Peopled with bizarre, dangerous and corrupt characters, Gordievsky introduces the reader to the fantastical world of the Soviet Embassy, tells of the British MPs and trade unionists who helped and took money from the KGB, and reveals at last what the author told Margaret Thatcher and other world leaders which made him of such value to the West.<br /><br />Gordievsky’s autobiography gives a fascinating account of life as a secret agent. It also paints the most graphic picture yet of the paranoid incompetence, alongside the ruthless determination, of the all-encompassing and sometimes ridiculous KGB.<br /><br /><h2>Praise for Oleg Gordievsky</h2><br /><br /><b>'Gordievsky's extraordinary courage, mental toughness and self-possession are heroic.' – <em>The Spectator</em></b><br /><br /><b>Oleg Gordievsky</b> was born in Moscow in 1938. He attended the Moscow State Institute of International Relations where he specialized in German. He was sent to East Berlin as a diplomatic trainee in August 1961. Two days after his arrival, the Wall went up. In 1962 he joined the KGB and was posted to Copenhagen and London. He worked as a secret agent for eleven years until his dramatic escape to the West in 1985. He is the author of <em>KGB: The Inside Story.</em>
The Vogels: On All Fronts (The Half-Bloods Book 2)
by Jana Petken

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English

Pages

598

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 /><br />

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