Stalinist perpetrators on trial by Lynne Viola

Stalinist perpetrators on trial by Lynne Viola

Stalinist perpetrators on trial by Lynne Viola – Scenes from the Great Terror in Soviet Ukraine – is a fascinating book, well worth reading. The Purges or the Great Terror are well-known. Between 1937 and 1938 over 1.5 million people were arrested and hundreds of…

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…

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…

Not worthy by Lubomyr Luciuk

Not worthy by Lubomyr Luciuk

Not worthy by Lubomyr Luciuk – Walter Duranty’s Pulitzer Prize and the New York Times – is a book published twenty years ago. It was edited by Lubomyr Luciuk, the Director of Research for the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association, who called for the stripping…

A Ukrainian Christmas by Yaroslav Hrytsak

A Ukrainian Christmas by Yaroslav Hrytsak

A Ukrainian Christmas by Yaroslav Hrytsak and Nadiyka Gerbish is a lovely short book, with beautiful illustrations. It offers an insight into the history and traditions Ukrainians have at Christmas. It was a bit more religious than I was expecting, but it is a book…

Borderland by Anna Reid

Borderland by Anna Reid

Borderland by Anna Reid – A Journey Through the History of Ukraine – is a book recommended even by some Ukrainians. I understand the appeal. It is more of a story than a history book, that some might find dry, so it makes sense that…

The Holodomor by Charles River Editors

The Holodomor by Charles River Editors

The Holodomor by Charles River Editors – The History and Legacy of the Ukrainian Famine Engineered by the Soviet Union – is a short book that is well worth reading. It offers a good insight into Holodomor, but in a very short version, perfect for…

The Gates of Europe by Serhii Plokhy

The Gates of Europe by Serhii Plokhy

The Gates of Europe by Serhii Plokhy – A History of Ukraine – is a book I read to accompany the course Timothy Snyder gave at Yale and that is available online, alongside the reading list. I would have read this book regardless, as it…

Invasion by Luke Harding

Invasion by Luke Harding

Invasion by Luke Harding – Russia’s Bloody War and Ukraine’s Fight for Survival – is a well written and worth reading book. It is on the 2023 Political Writing Book prize short list by The Orwell Foundation. The book is mostly descriptive, each chapter touching…

A Message from Ukraine by Volodymyr Zelensky

A Message from Ukraine by Volodymyr Zelensky

A Message from Ukraine by Volodymyr Zelensky is a short book containing 16 speeches, personally selected by him. These are war speeches as the russians went to war against Ukraine in 2014, years before the full-scale invasion of 2022. The speeches start from 2019, with…

Bloodlands by Timothy Snyder

Bloodlands by Timothy Snyder

Bloodlands by Timothy Snyder – Europe between Hitler and Stalin – is a fantastic book which compares what happened during the Nazi occupation and during the Soviet occupation in the countries between Germany and Russia: Poland and the Blatic States, also Ukraine. He ends the…

Red Famine by Anne Applebaum

Red Famine by Anne Applebaum

Red Famine by Anne Applebaum – Stalin’s War on Ukraine – is a must read because not only sheds light on a less know part of European history, the implications of what happened at that point and how the west reacted are still with us…

Winter Is Coming by Garry Kasparov

Winter Is Coming by Garry Kasparov

Winter Is Coming by Garry Kasparov – Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped is a must read book, for many reasons. This is not a book only about Putin, but about what the west did while Putin was…