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A People's Tragedy Paperback – Sep 16 1997

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  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Pimlico (Sept. 16 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071267327X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712673273
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 5.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #434,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“It is by far the best history of the Russian Revolution I have ever read.”
–Frank McLynne

About the Author

ORLANDO FIGES is a professor at Birkbeck College, University of London, and former University Lecturer in History at Cambridge. Born in London in 1959, he graduated with a double-starred first in History from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, in 1982. His first book, Peasant Russia, Civil War, was described by one reviewer as 'one of the most important books ever published on the Russian Revolution'.

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By Matt on May 15 2015
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This book has displaced "Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" as my 'favorite' history book of all time. I say "favorite" because this book is not for the faint of heart: it is massive, dense and harrowing. The author brings an incredibly confusing and brutal revolution to life with very lively writing. By the time the revolution finally broke I had some sense of the absolutely crushing impossibility of the situation. Burning everything to the ground and instituting random terror as a government policy made "sense" in context of the situation.
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