Search Results: "Orlando Figes"


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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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THE OBJECT LESSON by Jordan Orlando
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1993

"Interesting for Orlando's skill at duplicating realistic dialogue, but a long-winded, difficult read that is just too late for the brat pack bus."
Newcomer Orlando's overlong, ultimately unrewarding look into the dark past of the 1981 graduating class of an exclusive Manhattan prep school. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 27, 1991

"A profound and authoritative work that breaks new ground in its approach and will possibly alter the course of social studies for years to come."
The first half of a comprehensive history of the development of Western notions of liberty and freedom. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"But what is problematic in Patterson is unfailingly provocative."
There are at least 95 good reasons, if there's one, why this is an immensely readable and eye-opening new work by Patterson. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 2, 2003

"Limpid, provocative reminders that wolves prowl among us and lamb remains a favored food."
Novelist and feminist Figes borrows from Blake, the Bible, the brothers Grimm, and Kafka to help frame her lyrical observations about innocence, evil, childhood, and Eden lost. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"Sensible and sensitive: a must read for every new mother."
A reassuringly frank look at childbirth and motherhood by a writer and mother who persuasively suggests that, despite current conventional wisdom, having a baby does radically change a woman's body and her life. Read full book review >