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The Soviet Colossus: History and Aftermath [Paperback]

Michael Kort
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January 2001 0765603977 978-0765603975 5th Revised edition
The most readable history of twentieth century Russia, from tsarist times to the present -- now completely revised and updated to integrate new revelations and ongoing debates about the nature of the Soviet regime, and including coverage of the first decade of post-Soviet Russia.

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5.0 out of 5 stars user-friendly guide to the Soviet Union July 16 2004
By Kate C.
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a textbook Feb. 5 2003
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative Nov. 5 2000
By D. Ting
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for this baby Oct. 27 2007
By Harmonious - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book Sept. 12 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I tested out of the History of the Soviet Union by reading this text it covered everything on the test and more
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