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The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9780691176949
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Published: Princeton University Press - August 22nd, 2017

I can't even remember when I started this book. A self-described "saga of the Russian Revolution," it's as monumental and as sprawling as the enormous apartment building at its heart. A work of history to rival the classics of Russian literature.


Review by Stephen

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SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781631492228
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - September 6th, 2016

I waited to read S.P.Q.R. because I did not want to read yet another history of Rome. Not for the first time, I find myself in error. Mary Beard interrogates our marbled vision of Rome, re-examines the historical record, and writes with wit that warms my Classicist heart.


Review by Alex

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A Road Unforeseen: Women Fight the Islamic State Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781942658108
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Published: Bellevue Literary Press - August 23rd, 2016

If you have any interest in the fight against totalitarian theocracy, then you must read A Road Unforeseen. I found it to be a thorough, well organized primer on Kurdistan, ISIS, and the self governing region known as Rojava. Meredith Tax is a phenomenal researcher, and makes this deeply complicated topic very readable. Still not convinced? THIS IS ABOUT WOMEN FIGHTING AN INSANE DEATH CULT.


Review by Anje

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October: The Story of the Russian Revolution Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781784782788
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Published: Verso - May 22nd, 2018

The Russian Revolution is one of the defining events of modern history, and sci-fi author China MiƩville has turned its tumultuous, hopeful, and ultimately tragic build-up into a thrilling and fascinating page-turner.


Review by Stephen