Books by Orlando Figes

REVOLUTIONARY RUSSIA, 1891-1991 by Orlando Figes
NON-FICTION
Released: April 8, 2014

"As ever, highly readable and of tremendous interest to students not just of Russian history, but also of modern geopolitics—and not least due to the fact that Soviet heir Vladimir Putin remains in power."
The dean of contemporary Russian studies—and a gifted popularizer—ventures a refreshing thesis that joins the fondest dreams of the Bolsheviks to the full-circle collapse of the Soviet Empire. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2012

"A heart-rending record of extraordinary human endurance."
A rich trove of letters tells the moving story of two young physics students in Stalin's Russia whose love was severely tested while separated by exile in Siberia. Read full book review >
THE CRIMEAN WAR by Orlando Figes
NON-FICTION
Released: April 12, 2011

"Narrative history at its best, with patient unfolding of events unknown and forgotten—but that have consequences even today. A thoroughly impressive book."
Quick: What was the Crimean War about? Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 2, 2007

"Lucid, thorough and essential to understanding Stalinist society."
The people whisper while denunciations are shouted all around: an exemplary study in mentalités, asking how the norms of old were so thoroughly remade in the years of Soviet terror. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 9, 2002

"A superb, enlightening work."
An immensely learned, ambitious effort to view Russian history through the lens of its arts, music, and literature. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Not a bad idea, but still a theme in search of evidence."
An original but not very successful attempt to illuminate the political culture of the Russian Revolution by looking at its language and symbols. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"It is a masterpiece."
A brilliant history of the Russian Revolution from the onset of the revolutionary crisis to the period when the basic institutions of the Stalinist regime were in place. Read full book review >