Books by Robert Conquest

Robert Conquest is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. His awards and honors include the Jefferson Lectureship, the highest honor the federal government bestows for achievement in the humanities (1993); the Richard Weaver Award for Scholarly Let


NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 24, 2005

"Insightful, cantankerous pursuit of lingering lessons."
Essays by distinguished historian and humanist Conquest (Hoover Institute/Stanford) blame faulty worldviews for a wide variety of missteps and miscalculations. Read full book review >
REFLECTIONS ON A RAVAGED CENTURY by Robert Conquest
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"This ideological polemic, which asserts that British colonialism was not all that imperialistic, and that the McCarthyites were right because the Soviets were intent on the West's destruction, mars what is otherwise a perceptive and informative set of essays."
A stimulating analysis of the role ideology has played in shaping our murderous century. Read full book review >
STALIN by Robert Conquest
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"921). (Eight pages of photographs—not seen.)"
Blending impeccable scholarship and deeply revealing anecdotes, noted Soviet scholar Conquest (Stalin and the Kirov Murder, 1989, etc.) illuminates Stalin's role in history as well as his private character. ``Overall he gives the impression of a large and crude claylike figure, a golem, into which a demonic spark has been instilled,'' writes Conquest of ``a man who perhaps more than any other determined the course of the twentieth century.'' Conquest sifts through post-glasnost material to pursue the truth about the author of the Big Lie, who ``ruled not only by terror but also by falsification'' (the emblem of which was, Conquest notes, torture to extract false confessions). Read full book review >
PRUSSIAN NIGHTS by Robert Conquest
Released: June 1, 1977

"Nevertheless, this is a work of great interest, because of the poet's fame, because of the difficult circumstances of its composition, and because of its inherent contradiction; these are the battlefield recollections of a pacifist."
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, author of those weighty novels, has here produced in narrative verse a rather terse poem, drawn from his battle experiences in the closing days of WW II, composed in his head and memorized in his prison camp days. Read full book review >
SPECTRUM V by Kingsley Amis
Released: March 22, 1967

"The authors represented are F.L. Wallace, Walter M. Miller, Raymond F. Jones, James H. Schmitz, Tom Godwin, Theodore L. Thomas, Paul Ash and Richard Ashby."
The fifth in a popular, intelligent series this contains eight short science fiction stories all ending, happily enough on an optimistic note. Read full book review >
SPECTRUM IV by Kingsley Amis
Released: Aug. 11, 1965

"Mostly marvelous."
Starting off with some pleasant patter (taped) between the authors and C.S. Lewis, this collection launches into fifteen diversified stories, most of which are well above average while several seem to be vying for the far-outsmanship award. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 7, 1965

"Most of the characters are faceless but one of them could be Peter Sellers."
The Egyptologists are the members of the Metropolitan Egyptological Society housed in London, and just what goes on or comes off in the Isis Room is not revealed until the end of this long legpull. Read full book review >
Released: July 29, 1964

"An eminent cast of contributors here — Theodore Sturgeon; J.G. Ballard; Poul Anderson; Mark Rose, Peter Phillips; Murray Leinster; Alfred Bester; and Arthur C. Clarke — are an assurance of literate entertainment."
This third anthology of stories and novellas projects a good deal of the new phenomenology through skyscapes from here to the moon. Read full book review >