Peter the Great, His Life and World
In this Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, Massie portrays the giant of history who transformed Russia from backwater tsardom into a major empire.
Nicholas and Alexandra
This entertaining and well-researched history traces the royal relationship and explores how a disease determined the destiny of rulers, the disintegration of the empire and the course of Russian history.
The Russian Revolution, A Very Short Introduction
A concise, provocative summary of events in Russia between 1917 and 1939.
Moscow, St. Petersburg & the Golden Ring
A newly updated guide with a wealth of cultural information on Moscow, St. Petersburg and the Golden Ring, those picturesque cities northeast of Moscow rich in museums and cultural monuments.
The Romanovs, 1613-1918
Lengthy but accessible, this history takes readers into the inner-workings of the Romanov family that ruled Russia for over three centuries. Montefiore balances information on governmental function with biographic details about each emperor and empress.
St. Petersburg Map
A detailed, laminated city plan at a scale of 1:11,000.
Russia of the Tsars
Waldron recounts the exploits of Peter the Great, the tsars and the splendor of their capital city, St. Petersburg, in this lively, well-illustrated and compact overview of the largest and most diverse empire of its day.
A folded map of Moscow, its subway system and surrounding neighborhoods at the broad scale of 1:50,000, with a detailed map of the city center at 1:12,500.
Russian Short Stories
This fine collection of tales captures the sweep and soul of Russian literature, including works by Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Chekhov and Tolstoy along with lesser-known greats.
Restless Empire, A Historical Atlas of Russia
British historian Barnes presents the epic sweep of Russian history, from the first Slavic migrations to the age of Putin, in this beautifully illustrated, full-color atlas.
The Empress of Art, Catherine the Great and the Transformation of Russia
In her magisterial biography of Russian czarina Catherine the Great, Susan Jaques shows how the leader modernized Russia through a ravenous acquisition of art -- a visionary idea that put Catherine far ahead of her time.
The Madonnas of Leningrad
Dean effortlessly interweaves two epochs of a woman's life -- Marina's wartime experiences as a young guide at the Hermitage during the Siege of Leningrad and her life as an 82-year-old Seattle resident struggling with Alzheimer's. A remarkable debut novel.
Following a popular Russian documentary of the same name, the accessible essays collected here explore the rich history of the landmark and its priceless, world-famous collection.
A Traveller's History of Russia
An impressively compact, lively survey of Russian history from the coming of the Slavs to the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The Winter Queen
Akunin sets a suspected murder among the glitterati of late 19th-century Moscow in this first book in the series of clever detective novels starring the rascal Erast Fandorin, wildly popular in Russia.
Sunlight at Midnight: St. Petersburg and the Rise of Modern Russia
A wonderfully written, informative portrait of St. Petersburg, focusing on the city's development in the 18th and 19th centuries as Russia's "window on the West." Highly recommended for travelers with an interest in the character and significance of the city and its monuments.
The Russian Revolution, A New History
With recent scholarship, this history shines new light on the Bolshevik Revolution, a momentous event that is fundamental to understanding modern-day Russia.
In this exploration of the love-hate relationship between the Russians and their notorious leader, journalist Arutunyan hypothesizes that Putin’s power stems from the people he rules.
Culture Smart! Russia
A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice.
Red Fortress, History and Illusion in the Kremlin
Drawing on the archives of the Kremlin itself, Merridale uses the great fortress, which dates from the 15th century, as a lens, covering the history of Russia from its obscure origins through the times of figures including Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, Lenin and Stalin.
The Captain's Daughter and Other Stories
This collection of short stories from the Russian poet and master storyteller opens with his famous novella, The Captain's Daughter, set against the events of the Pugachov uprising during the reign of Catherine the Great, and contains eight additional tales, all rendered in Pushkin's simple, elegant prose and beautifully evocative of the caprices of Tsarist Russia
Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia
Russians escaped Soviet rule only to find themselves under the oppressive thumb of a more complicated form of tyranny. Pomerantsev illuminates these complexities through compelling portraits of the corrupt and the damned, including prostitutes and Mafia bosses.
Lonely Planet Russian Phrasebook
A handy shirtpocket phrasebook for Russian basics focusing on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.