Robert Cottrell has served as a Moscow bureau chief for both The Economist and the Financial Times. (June 2007)
A Russian Diary: A Journalist’s Final Account of Life, Corruption, and Death in Putin’s Russia by Anna Politkovskaya, translated from the Russian by Arch Tait, with a foreword by Scott Simon
Putin’s Russia: Life in a Failing Democracy by Anna Politkovskaya, translated from the Russian by Arch Tait
Putin’s Russia by Lilia Shevtsova,translated from the Russian by Antonina W. Bouis
Virtual Politics: Faking Democracy in the Post-Soviet World by Andrew Wilson
Cold Peace: Russia’s New Imperialism by Janusz Bugajski
Reagan and Gorbachev: How the Cold War Ended by Jack F. Matlock Jr.
Taming the Wild Field: Colonization and Empire on the Russian Steppe by Willard Sunderland
The Siberian Curse: How Communist Planners Left Russia Out in the Cold by Fiona Hill and Clifford G. Gaddy
Across the Moscow River: The World Turned Upside Down by Rodric Braithwaite
State and Evolution: Russia’s Search for a Free Market by Yegor Gaidar, translated from the Russian by Jane Ann Miller
Khrushchev: The Man and His Era by William Taubman
Conversations with Gorbachev: On Perestroika, the Prague Spring, and the Crossroads of Socialism by Mikhail Gorbachev and Zdenek Mlynár, translated from the Russian by George Shriver, with a foreword by Archie Brown
A Century of Violence in Soviet Russia by Alexander N. Yakovlev,translated from the Russian by Anthony Austin, with a foreword by Paul Hollander
The Oligarchs: Wealth and Power in the New Russia by David E. Hoffman
Armageddon Averted: The Soviet Collapse, 1970–2000 by Stephen Kotkin
The Tragedy of Russia’s Reforms: Market Bolshevism Against Democracy by Peter Reddaway and Dmitri Glinski
My Six Years with Gorbachev Anatoly S. Chernyaev, translated from the Russian and edited by Robert D. English and Elizabeth Tucker
Godfather of the Kremlin: Boris Berezovsky and the Looting of Russia by Paul Klebnikov
Sale of the Century: Russia’s Wild Ride from Communism to Capitalism by Chrystia Freeland
This Blessed Plot: Britain and Europe from Churchill to Blair by Hugo Young. To be published in May.
Redrawing the Map of Europe by Michael Emerson
Chechnya: Tombstone of Russian Power by Anatol Lieven
Chechnya: Calamity in the Caucasus by Carlotta Gall, by Thomas de Waal
Russia Confronts Chechnya: Roots of a Separatist Conflict, Volume I by John B. Dunlop
Russia and Chechnia [sic]: The Permanent Crisis Essays on Russo-Chechen Relations edited by Ben Fowkes
New Atlantis Revisited: Akademgorodok, the Siberian City of Science by Paul R. Josephson
Kremlin Capitalism: The Privatization of the Russian Economy by Joseph R. Blasi, by Maya Kroumova, by Douglas Kruse, foreword by Andrei Shleifer
For a man of his age and background—a non-techy, 50-something, university professor—Denis Dutton was a crucial few years ahead of his time in understanding the Internet.
The arrest of ten Russian spies in America on June 27, and the exchange of them last week for four Russians accused of spying for the West, has brought inevitable comparisons with the Cold War. But really, it has little to do with war or peace. Russia simply cannot help itself.