Books by Constantine Pleshakov

Russian-born Constantine Pleshakov is the author of The Tsar's Last Armada The Flight of the Romanovs, and Inside the Kremlin’s Cold War. He is a visiting prefessor of history at Mount Holyoke College.

Released: Nov. 9, 2009

"The broadest of surveys, but useful in recapitulating events that, though recent, are largely forgotten."
Pleshakov (History/Mount Holyoke Coll.; Stalin's Folly: The Tragic First Ten Days of WWII on the Eastern Front, 2006, etc.) recounts the slow dismantling of Communism in Eastern Europe, a process that took years but that accelerated markedly in 1989. Read full book review >
Released: May 15, 2005

"A fascinating study, drawing on hitherto unavailable Soviet documents and on Pleshakov's ready command of a vast literature little known to Western scholars."
Josef Stalin made for an accomplished dictator, writes young Russian historian Pleshakov (The Tsar's Last Armada, 2002, etc.). He was a terrible military leader, though, and his failings cost millions of Soviet lives, especially at the outbreak of WWII. Read full book review >
Released: April 15, 2002

"Fascinating stuff. A boon for students of military history and naval warfare."
A stirring reconstruction of one of history's great—and least-known—naval battles. Read full book review >
Released: May 15, 1996

An important book by two members of a new generation of Russian historians. Read full book review >