43 Books found
[PDF] Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991 by Orlando Figes

Authors: Orlando Figes

In Cultural, History, Nonfiction


In his remarkable new book Orlando Figes describes and takes apart the story of Russia's century of revolution in the shortest space possible. Starting with the horrific famines of 1891, Figes charts a vast experiment in state-building. The manipulation of many millions of people, first by Tsarist ministers and then by the Communists - on a scale and with a ferocity that their predecessors could not dream of - aimed to totally transform Russian society. Through war and peace Russia's rulers battled to subdue and control their vast state, fighting off a mass of real and imagined enemies until exhaustion, corruption and intellectual bankruptcy brought the whole terrible experiment to an end.

[PDF] Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928

Authors: Stephen Kotkin

In Politics, Cultural, History, Biography


In January 1928 Stalin, the ruler of the largest country in the world, boarded a train bound for Siberia where he would embark upon the greatest gamble of his political life.

[PDF] The Red and the Black by Stendhal

Authors: Stendhal , Roger Gard

In Cultural, Classics, Fiction, European Literature


Handsome, ambitious Julien Sorel is determined to rise above his humble provincial origins. Soon realizing that success can only be achieved by adopting the subtle code of hypocrisy by which society operates, he begins to achieve advancement through deceit and self-interest.

[PDF] A Year in Provence (Provence #1)

Authors: Peter Mayle , Judith Clancy

In Memoir, Autobiography, Cultural, Nonfiction, Travel


The bestselling, much-loved classic account of an English couple enjoying the fruits of French rural living - an irresistible feast of humour and heart.

[PDF] One Night in Winter (Moscow Trilogy #3)

Authors: Simon Sebag Montefiore

In Cultural, Historical Fiction, Fiction


Moscow 1945. As Stalin and his courtiers celebrate victory over Hitler, shots ring out. On a nearby bridge, a teenage boy and girl lie dead.

[PDF] 1Q84 (1Q84 #1-3) by Haruki Murakami

Authors: Haruki Murakami

In Cultural, Fantasy, Fiction


In this world, the fates of two people, Tengo and Aomame, are closely intertwined. They are each, in their own way, doing something very dangerous. And in this world, there seems no way to save them both.

[PDF] A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Authors: Amor Towles

In Cultural, Historical Fiction, Fiction


On 21 June 1922 Count Alexander Rostov – recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt – is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel Metropol.

[PDF] Empress Dowager Cixi by Jung Chang

Authors: Jung Chang

In Cultural, History, Nonfiction, Biography


In this groundbreaking biography, Jung Chang vividly describes how Empress Dowager Cixi – the most important woman in Chinese history – brought a medieval empire into the modern age. Under her, the ancient country attained virtually all the attributes of a modern state and it was she who abolished gruesome punishments like ‘death by a thousand cuts’ and put an end to foot-binding.