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The Kremlin and the People by Walter Duranty

The Kremlin and the People by Walter Duranty

The Kremlin and the People by Walter Duranty is another book I read for my studies. It is a short 1942 book on Stalin, the Kremlin, the Purges, and Kirov’s murder. Because it was published in 1942, the fact that the book is mostly about…

Fighting Evil by Macer Gifford

Fighting Evil by Macer Gifford

Fighting Evil by Macer Gifford – The Ordinary Man who went to War Against ISIS – is such a wonderful book. I’ve been following Macer on Twitter for a while. He is a Brit fighting alongside the Ukrainians, in the army. This book was written…

I Write as I Please by Walter Duranty

I Write as I Please by Walter Duranty

I Write as I Please by Walter Duranty is a memoir of a British-American journalist who worked from moscow for over a decade, in the interwar period. Because it was firstly published in 1935 I included it in the history section of the blog –…

Communism and Hunger by Andrea Graziosi

Communism and Hunger by Andrea Graziosi

Communism and Hunger by Andrea Graziosi (editor) – The Ukrainian, Chinese, Kazakh, and Soviet Famines in Comparative Perspective – is a book based on presentations given at a conference from 2014. Each author presented a paper on a different topic, on Holodomor, on the Chinese…

Winter in Moscow by Malcolm Muggeridge

Winter in Moscow by Malcolm Muggeridge

The review for Winter in Moscow by Malcolm Muggeridge will be short, mainly because it is a book hard to find, published in mid-1930s, and I doubt there will be many readers interested in reading this book. Which is a shame because I liked the…

Putin’s Russia by Anna Politkovskaya

Putin’s Russia by Anna Politkovskaya

I had high expectations from Putin’s Russia by Anna Politkovskaya. It was disappointing. Politkovskaya had a rather liberal russian approach, which is not particularly anti-imperialistic. I will use some quotes from the book to highlight what is wrong with this approach. Nevertheless, I would recommend…

The Ethics of Journalism by Nelson Antrim Crawford

The Ethics of Journalism by Nelson Antrim Crawford

The Ethics of Journalism by Nelson Antrim Crawford is the first book of its kind, published in 1924. It is a fascinating book, well worth reading, although it’s unlikely it is easy to find. I recommend this book for non-researchers for a simple reason –…

The Red Trade Menace by H R Knickerbocker

The Red Trade Menace by H R Knickerbocker

The Red Trade Menace by H R Knickerbocker was published in 1931 and it contains the 24 articles he wrote as a series for which he received the Pulitzer Prize in 1931. These articles are about the first 5-year plan of the ussr. Thus, this…

Our Enemies Will Vanish by Yaroslav Trofimov

Our Enemies Will Vanish by Yaroslav Trofimov

Our Enemies Will Vanish by Yaroslav Trofimov – The russian Invasion and Ukraine’s War of Independence – is a book about the events after russia’s full-scale invasion. I had to review this book today, on the second anniversary of the full-scale invasion. This month also…

The Forsaken by Tim Tzouliadis

The Forsaken by Tim Tzouliadis

The Forsaken by Tim Tzouliadis – From the Great Depression to the Gulags: Hope and Betrayal in Stalin’s russia – is a book any American should read. It might sound a bit much, but it’s not. This book is about US as much as it…

Media ethics and self-regulation by Chris Frost

Media ethics and self-regulation by Chris Frost

Media ethics and self-regulation by Chris Frost is a book I read for my research. It is a good book, but mostly suitable to either those who study journalism or those who study the history of journalism. It covers various aspects and it offers a…

The return of Martin Guerre by Natalie Zemon Davis

The return of Martin Guerre by Natalie Zemon Davis

The return of Martin Guerre by Natalie Zemon Davis is another well known example of microhistory. This is a great book for historians because of style and research, but also for non-historians because it is a fascinating case and it’s lovely written. The book is…

The Historic Heart of Oxford University by Geoffrey Tyack

The Historic Heart of Oxford University by Geoffrey Tyack

The Historic Heart of Oxford University by Geoffrey Tyack is a fascinating book on the most important buildings at the heart of Oxford. The focus of the book is on architecture and there are plans, archival prints, and all sort of illustrations included in the…

Montaillou by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie

Montaillou by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie

Montaillou by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie – Cathars and Catholics in a French Village 1294-1324 – translated by Barbara Bray – is another book I read for my studies. First published in 1975 in French and translated into English a few years later, this was…

Catherine of Aragon by Giles Tremlett

Catherine of Aragon by Giles Tremlett

Catherine of Aragon by Giles Tremlett – The Spanish Queen of Henry VIII – a book I decided to review on 29 January, to mark the anniversary of her burial. I planned to go to Peterborough, but the commemorations were on Friday, thus it did…

The voices of Morebath by Eamon Duffy

The voices of Morebath by Eamon Duffy

The voices of Morebath by Eamon Duffy – Reformation and rebellion in an English village – is the second book I read by this author, with Fires of faith being reviewed in 2019. I enjoyed the book. It is about a small village in England…