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The Story of Russia


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A publishing event from one of our most gifted storytellers: the expansive and enthralling history of Russia, from its foundations to the present.

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Orlando Figes is an award-winning author and historian, who has held teaching posts at Birkbeck College, University of London and Trinity College, University of Cambridge. He was born in London in 1959 and studied History at the University of Cambridge. Figes is the bestselling author of nine books on Russian and European history, including Natasha's Dance and A People's Tragedy. His books have been translated into over 30 languages.


A magnificent, magisterial thousand year history of Russia . . . its tsars and tyrants, wars and massacres, ideas and dreams vividly drawn, its analysis of Russian power and empire essential reading today -- Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of THE ROMANOVS and STALIN: THE COURT OF THE RED TSAR
An expert on Russia delivers a crucially relevant study . . . A lucid, astute text that unpacks the myths of Russian history to help explain present-day motivations and actions * Kirkus (starred review) *
If you really want to understand Putin's Russia today, anchored in its past of myths, then you simply have to read Figes's superb account in The Story of Russia -- Antony Beevor
Urgent and revelatory and brilliantly told, it's all the things you pray a book will be when you first pick it up -- Peter Morgan
Excellent short study -- Max Hastings * Sunday Times *
The historian's latest work on Russia is a lucid chronological journey that ably illustrates how narratives from the nation's past have been used to shape its autocratic present -- Angus Macqueen * Observer *
Orlando Figes is an outstanding historian and writer, he brings distant history so close that you could feel its heartbeat -- Karl Ove Knausgaard on THE EUROPEANS
There are a multitude of fascinating pieces of information to be gleaned from Orlando Figes's magisterial and wide-ranging book The Europeans . . . Relevant, trenchant and searching -- William Boyd on THE EUROPEANS
Meticulously detailed, exhaustively researched and written with Figes's characteristic verve . . . A sweeping tour de force and a monumental work -- Observer on THE EUROPEANS
Magnificent. Beautifully written, immaculately researched and thoroughly absorbing . . . A tour de force -- Peter Frankopan on THE EUROPEANS
Remarkable . . . Orlando Figes is a fine historian who combines scholarly detail with readability. His wide-ranging book touches on a multitude of subjects. But at its heart is a love triangle - the very human story of three remarkable individuals whose lives he has resurrected with great sympathy and insight -- Daily Mail on THE EUROPEANS
Figes in his maturity is a fine, subtle writer with a nice eye for detail and clever with structure. I finished the book entertained, informed and armed with the kinds of insights and questions that will keep me happily going for the rest of the year -- The Times on THE EUROPEANS
Figes integrates his analysis into a highly readable story, and he shows himself to be a master of historical narrative. Readers will find themselves absorbing a great deal of information and insight with very little effort -- Financial Times on REVOLUTIONARY RUSSIA
To understand Putin's paranoia, read this book on Russia's history * Telegraph *

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