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Flight: The Complete History
R. G. Grant

DK Publishing, 2007

From the early pioneers to the latest spaceflight technology, this groundbreaking book charts the inspirational story behind humankind's conquest of the skies.
  
  











  



  
Cancer Ward
Alexander Solzhenitsyn

The Modern Library, 1995

Like Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn the hero, Oldg Kostoglotov, spent many years in labour camps and was eventually transferred to a cancer ward. This study of how people confront terminal illness is also a dissection of the "cancerous" Soviet police state.
  
  











  



  
The Mosin-Nagant Rifle, 6th Edition (For collectors only)
Terence W. Lapin

North Cape Publications Inc, 2013

Although the Mosin-Nagant rifle was in use for more than sixty years by half the world's military forces, no book in the English language has ever traced its development and identified all its models and variations as manufactured around the world, including in the United States. No provided the part-by-part information needed by the collector and shooter. This is the first book in English, ever written about the Mosin-Nagant. It identifies ...
  
  











  



  
Churchill By Himself: The Definitive Collection of Quotations

PublicAffairs, 2011

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) was one of the most inspiring leaders of the twentieth century, and one of its greatest wits. War reporter, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Prime Minister, Nobel Laureate, wordplay enthusiast, he was a powerful man of many
  
  











  



  
Imperium
Ryszard Kapuscinski

Vintage, 1995

The Polish journalist whose The Soccer War and The Emperor are counted as classics of contemporary reportage now bears witness in Imperium to the disintegration of the Soviet Union. This magisterial book combines childhood memory with unblinking journalism, a radar for the truth with a keen appreciation of the absurd. Imperium begins with Ryszard Kapuscinski's account of the Soviet occupation of his town in eastern Poland in 1939. It ...
  
  











  



  
Anya's Story
Julia Gousseva

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014

Anya, a 17-year-old high school graduate, can't wait to marry her high school sweetheart and have a secure and stable life with him. Even when Russia is thrown into political turmoil and economic hardships, from food shortages and long grocery lines to exorbitant prices and late-night monetary reforms, Anya believes that love will persevere.   Then, life takes an unexpected turn, and Anya has to face deceit, betrayal, and humiliation from the ...
  
  











  



  
Stopped at Stalingrad: The Luftwaffe and Hitler's Defeat in the East, 1942-1943 (Modern War Studies)
Joel S. A. Hayward

University Press of Kansas, 1998

By the time Hitler declared war on the Soviet Union in 1941, he knew that his military machine was running out of fuel. In response, he launched Operation Blau, a campaign designed to protect Nazi oilfields in Rumania while securing new ones in the Caucasus. All that stood in the way was Stalingrad. Most accounts of the Battle of Stalingrad have focused on the dismal fate of the German Army. Joel Hayward now chronicles Luftwaffe operations ...
  
  











  



  
Vodka Shot, Pickle Chaser: A true story of risk, corruption and self-discovery amid the collapse of the ...
David A. Kalis

Forward Motion Publishing, 2014

For David, graduating from college was a matter of course, but figuring out what to do next with his life turns into a paralyzing decision. On a whim, he decides to travel to the Soviet Union. His loose plans call for a thirty-day tour of Leningrad, but after finding himself caught up in the middle of a coup d’état that destabilizes the country, he ends up staying abroad for two and a half tumultuous years. From surviving perilous run-ins ...
  
  











  



  
The Candy Bombers: The Untold Story of the Berlin Airlift and America's Finest Hour
Andrei Cherny

Putnam Adult, 2008

The masterfully told story of the unlikely men who came together to make the Berlin Airlift one of the great military and humanitarian successes of American history. On the sixtieth anniversary of the Berlin Airlift, Andrei Cherny tells a remarkable story with profound implications for the world today. In the tradition of the best narrative storytellers, he brings together newly unclassified documents, unpublished letters and diaries, and ...
  
  











  



  
Eastern Approaches
Fitzroy MacLean

Penguin Global, 2004

This is the classic true adventure story of a man who by the pen, the sword and the diplomatic pouch influenced some of the most significant events of our era. Here Fitzroy Maclean recounts his extraordinary adventures in Soviet Central Asia, in the Western Desert, where he specialized in hair-raising commando-style raids behind enemy lines, and with Tito's partisans during the last months of the German occupation of Yugoslavia. An enthralling ...
  
  











  



  
The Art of the Russian Matryoshka
Rett Ertl, Rick Hibberd

Vernissage Press, 2008

The book is the complete account of the history, production, varieties, and creators of the nesting doll that has become a symbol of Russian folk culture, if not Russia itself. Contributing to the history are commissioned studies from three of Russia's leading authorities on toys and folk art. The book includes 330 color plates, 200 of which are carefully selected examples of dolls. The examples include: historical dolls from museums in Russia; ...
  
  











  



  
What are the Seven Wonders of the World?: And 100 Other Great Cultural Lists--Fully Explicated
Peter D'Epiro, Mary Desmond Pinkowish

Anchor, 1998

Can you name...Newton's 3 laws of motion?The 4 horsemen of the Apocalypse?The 5 pillars of Islam? The 6 wives of Henry VIII?The 7 kinds of plane triangles? The 8 Beatitudes?If you're not sure about the answers to the above, this is the book for you. A compendium of 101 culturally significant particulars from the fields of mythology, religion, literature, history, science, mathematics, art, and music, What Are the 7 Wonders of the World? is a ...
  
  











  



  
The Barcelona File: A Novel
Stuart McElderry

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012

Berkeley professor Lee Tomlinson is in Moscow to research a book he hopes will defibrillate his flat-lining career when someone slips a classified file into his briefcase. Filled with documents on the Red Army’s 1945 siege of Berlin, the file contradicts the accepted history of Nazi Germany’s demise. It is a stunning revelation. But is it true? And why has it been given to Tomlinson, more than six decades after the war? Attempting to ...
  
  











  



  
K Blows Top: A Cold War Comic Interlude Starring Nikita Khrushchev, America's Most Unlikely Tourist

Public Affairs, 2009

Khrushchev's 1959 trip across America was one of the strangest exercises in international diplomacy ever conducted—"a surreal extravaganza," as historian John Lewis Gaddis called it. Khrushchev told jokes, threw tantrums, sparked a riot in a San Francisco supermarket, wowed the coeds in a home economics class in Iowa, and ogled Shirley MacLaine as she filmed a dance scene in Can-Can. He befriended and offended a cast of characters including ...
  
  











  



  
Korolev: How One Man Masterminded the Soviet Drive to Beat America to the Moon
James Harford

Wiley, 1997

How One Man Masterminded the Soviet Drive Beat America to the Moon. "Fascinating . . . packed with technical and historical detail for the space expert and enthusiast alike . . . Great stuff!"-New Scientist "In this exceptional book, James Harford pieces together a most compelling and well-written tale. . . . Must reading."-Space News. "Through masterful research and an engaging narrative style, James Harford gives the world its first ...
  
  











  



  
Sharia Versus Freedom: The Legacy of Islamic Totalitarianism
Andrew G. Bostom

Prometheus Books, 2012

Author Andrew G. Bostom expands upon his two previous groundbreaking compendia, The Legacy of Jihad and The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism , with this collection of his own recent essays on Sharia - Islamic law. The book elucidates, unapologetically, Sharia's defining Islamic religious principles and the consequences of its application across space and time, focusing upon contemporary illustrations. A wealth of unambiguous evidence is ...
  
  











  



  
The Tunguska Mystery (Astronomers' Universe)
Vladimir Rubtsov

Copernicus, 2012

The purpose of the book is a dual one: to detail the nature and results of Tunguska investigations in the former USSR and present-day CIS, and to destroy two long-standing myths still held in the West. The first concerns alleged 'final solutions' that have ostensibly been found in Russia or elsewhere. The second concerns the mistaken belief that there has been little or no progress in understanding the nature of the Tunguska phenomenon. All this ...
  
  











  



  
Turkey and the Arab Spring: Leadership in the Middle East
Graham E. Fuller

Bozorg Press, 2014

The Middle East in the 21st century has witnessed a game-changing rollercoaster ride that has transformed relationships across the boards. Turkey underwent the most dramatic changes of its democratic history, propelling it into the role of major regional actor. The "Arab Spring" cast the region into political and social turmoil. US-led wars devastated the lands and peoples of several countries with widespread, rippling repercussions. And the ...
  
  











  



  
The New American Empire
Rodrigue Tremblay

Infinity Publishing, 2004

What is behind the American-led war in Iraq? Has the long and uninterrupted march towards globalization and world economic interdependence reached a zenith and begun to regress? What will be the consequences for the United States and for the world? The author explains the fundamental shift that foreign and domestic policies have taken under George W. Bush, since September 11, 2001. Besides attempting to focus a critical light on the new ...
  
  











  



  
Prague: My Long Journey Home: A Memoir of Survival, Denial, and Redemption
Charles Ota Heller

AbbottPress, 2011

Author Charles Ota Heller's early childhood in Czechoslovakia was idyllic, but his safe and happy world didn't last long, Three years after his birth, Germany forced an occupation of his country; afterward, most of his young life consisted of running and hiding. His life, just like those of the other youths who lived in Europe during the late 1930s and early 1940s, was shaped forever by the dangers, horrors, and unsettling events he experienced. ...
  
  











  








   



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