Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore
This revelatory account unveils how Stalin became Stalin, examining his shadowy journey from obscurity to power—from master historian Simon Sebag Montefiore. Based on ten years of research, Young Stalin—companion to the prizewinning Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar—is a brilliant prehistory of the USSR, a chronicle of the Revolution, and an intimate biography. Montefiore tells the story of a charismatic, darkly turbulent boy born into poverty, scarred by his upbringing but possessed of unusual talents. Admired as a romantic poet and trained as a priest, he found his true mission as a murderous revolutionary. Here is the dramatic story of his friendships and hatreds, his many love affairs, his complicated relationship with the Tsarist secret police, and how he became the merciless politician who shaped the Soviet Empire in his own brutal image. Described by The New York Times as "a meticulously researched, autoritative biography," Young Stalin is essential reading for anyone interested in Russian history. Winner of the Costa Book Award for Biography A Christian Science Monitor and Seattle Times Best Book of the Year
The Lord of Death
Author: Eliot Pattison
Publisher: Soho Press
Shan Tao Yun is an exiled Chinese national, a former Beijing Investigator, on parole from the Tibetan gulag to which he had been consigned as punishment. Leading a mule bearing a corpse at the request of a local wisewoman, he comes upon a traffic acciden
On the Corruption of Morals in Russia, is the most celebrated work of the Russian historian, philosopher and publicist Prince M. M. Shcherbatov (1733-90). Written towards the close of the reign of Catherine the Great, it is half memoir, half polemic, comprising a survey of Russian history in the eighteenth century from the point of view of a moral censor, and an outspoken attack on the decline of morals at the Court of St Petersburg, written by an aristocrat of exceptional erudition and strong conservative views, who was present at the Court of Catherine II, and knew well the persons and events which he describes. The work was not published during the author's lifetime; not surprisingly, since its contents were highly treasonable. The text, which is collated from the three primary manuscript copies of the original, is the first to include all important textual variants.
Author: Ian Grey
Publisher: New Word City
Joseph Stalin was one of the most frightening figures of the twentieth century. His name brings to mind brutal terrorism and ruthless oppression. Yet, as New York Times bestselling author Ian Grey shows, at the core of the Man of Steel was a humble, puritanical Georgian peasant. What set him above others was his intelligence, discipline, perception, indomitable will, and above all, a messianic determination to lead Russia to a grand destiny. Grey's comprehensive biography portrays Stalin as a complex, paradoxical figure - a leader whose power was rooted in the tsarist traditions he abhorred and whose tyranny was based on an ambition to ensure the strength of his party. In his single-minded dedication to the growth of Russia under communism, Stalin was able to disregard all sense of morality. Yet, through his magnetism, he commanded the respect of his colleagues and the adulation of his people. Even Winston Churchill held him in awe. Stalin is a powerful history of Russia's evolution from backward nation to world power, as well as a dramatic portrait of a man who was called both "The Implacable" and "Beloved Father."
Assesses the extent of undeclared nuclear arsenals, discusses the risk of nuclear warfare in the Middle East, and evaluates South Africa's current interest in non-proliferation
Eyes of a Child
Author: Richard North Patterson
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
A man has been found dead, a gun still wedged in his mouth. It looks like Ricardo Arias killed himself...but the physical evidence tells a different story. The police investigation turns up all sorts of troubling data—a bitter estrangement between Ricardo and his wife, Terri; an ugly custody battle over their six-year-old daughter, Elena; charges of child molestation. And before long there's a murder suspect: San Francisco defense attorney and political hopeful Christopher Paget. But where's the motive? It could be that Paget is Terri's new lover. Or that Paget's own teenage son is the one who's accused of abusing Elena. But a series of long-hidden secrets—on both sides of the case—are slowly rising to the surface...and threaten to explode in the courtroom, where the final verdict will be delivered. Where the truth about what really happened to Ricardo Arias will either be revealed—or buried for good...
Lord of Raven's Peak
Author: Catherine Coulter
Merrik Haraldsson, the younger brother of Rorik, the Lord of Hawkfell Island, embarks on a journey that begins in Kiev where he comes away with two slaves--Laren and her younger brother. Laren wants to tell stories to earn enough silver and gold to buy her and her little brother from Merik, only he refuses to sell her. And now that she's his, he must protect her when she's accused of murder, then save her yet again when he discovers her secrets.
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The Harvest of Sorrow
Author: Robert Conquest
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
A reconstruction of the causes, circumstances, and consequences of Stalin's forced collectivization of Soviet agriculture details the fate of villages and individuals
It's me, Eddie
Author: Ėduard Limonov
Publisher: Random House (NY)
French Academician and Nazi sympathiser Paul-Jean Husson writes a letter to his local SS officer in 1942, with shocking consequences.
Tells the story of Eddie, a fifteen-year-old boy coming of age in Khrushchev's Soviet Union, as he rebels against his parents and society
Author: Tom Murphy
Given the current state of the American healthcare system, physician burnout is an almost inevitable response. It doesn't have to be that way. Eighteen years after his enthusiastic first day in medical school, Dr. Tom Murphy was a burned-out physician disillusioned enough to leave clinical medicine at the age of 43. His crisis is not unique. Burnout among physicians has reached epidemic proportions. Worse, it can begin as early as medical school. Burnout is not some psychological abnormality to be embarrassed to mention in public quite the contrary. Research in the past five years shows 87% of American physicians experience symptoms of burnout. Burnout is not limited to the medical profession. Several high-stress public service occupations have high rates of burnout, including law enforcement, education, and healthcare but physicians suffer a much higher rate compared to other working adults. In Physician Burnout: A Guide to Recognition and Recovery, Dr. Murphy shares research and his experiences on what causes physician burnout, and what it takes to recover. He explains how changing critical aspects of the modern healthcare workplace at the individual clinic and the institutional level can ease the burnout crisis. The benefits of these changes may go far beyond the initial goals they can result in happier doctors, staff, and patients and higher quality healthcare. Each person will have unique issues to resolve and different solutions. You can learn how to recognize early signs of burnout and how medical schools and hospital systems can initiate the cultural paradigm shift needed to change the course of the burnout epidemic facing the healthcare industry.
His Butler's Story
Author: Эдуард Лимонов
A Russian emigre who is a sexual adventurer, as well as a former criminal and drug addict, obtains a job as a butler and shares his harsh observations on wealthy New Yorkers