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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 5 edition (Feb. 28 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765603977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765603975
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 617 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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like fellow reviewer Joshua Gaines, i bought this book for a class (minored in Russian History), and again i agree that this book is more than a standard history text book.
point-by-point the motivation for the establishment of the Soviet Union is outlined with complete objectivity and very little 20-20 hindsight criticism. Kort explores every facet of the transition from complete autocracy to socialist society with great detail throughout every era from Stalin's failed 5-year plans to Gorbachev's perestroika which actually ended the existance of the USSR.
even for the casual history buff this is a great guide and insightful read.
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Like probably everyone who has read this, I bought it for a class. However, this book is unlike every other textbook I've read, in that it's actually *fun* to read. I'd probably have read it on my own had I known about it before.
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By D. Ting on Nov. 5 2000
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I had to read this for a class that was taught by Kort himself. The book covers a lot of Russian history from the last days of the czars to Yeltsin. If you ever want to know some general history about Russia, then read this book.
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user-friendly guide to the Soviet Union July 16 2004
By Kate C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
i bought this book for a class (minored in Russian History), and this book is more than a standard history text book.

point-by-point the motivation for the establishment of the Soviet Union is outlined with complete objectivity and very little 20-20 hindsight criticism. Kort explores every facet of the transition from complete autocracy to socialist society with great detail throughout every era from Stalin's failed 5-year plans to Gorbachev's perestroika which actually ended the existance of the USSR.

even for the casual history buff this is a great guide and insightful read.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Very Informative Nov. 5 2000
By D. Ting - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I had to read this for a class that was taught by Kort himself. The book covers a lot of Russian history from the last days of the czars to Yeltsin. If you ever want to know some general history about Russia, then read this book.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Not just a textbook Feb. 5 2003
By Joshua Gaines - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Like probably everyone who has read this, I bought it for a class. However, this book is unlike every other textbook I've read, in that it's actually *fun* to read. I'd probably have read it on my own had I known about it before.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5 stars for this baby Oct. 27 2007
By Harmonious - Published on Amazon.com
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Bravo Mr. Kort! This was a delightful book to read. This book is accessible to everyone without it having been watered down. The sentences are clear and elegant; I was able to read effortlessly throughout the whole text. I did not detect any biases from the author and he seemed fair and accurate all the way through.

Factually, the book is in sync with other books with related or similar subjects that I have happened to read. I bought a copy of the 5th edition (2001) and I wonder if it is still being updated. The story is riveting. Michael Kort rendered a masterpiece with this book.
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Great book. May 7 2013
By Dwight - Published on Amazon.com
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I love the details and the historical accuracy in this book. It has helped me a lot especially for those who are taking the DSST exam. If you like pictures, I would check out the "Faces of a Nation: The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union, 1917-1991" but don't rely on that book alone as it is not as detailed compared to this but you can check out (if you like pictures with details) "Just the Facts: World History: The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union" DVD. Best of luck!


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