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Old 01-23-12, 11:18 AM   #1
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Looking for a book idea

I'm looking for a book that focuses on soviet life in the 50's-80's though preferably the 50's and 60's. Anything from that period is acceptable. I would prefer non fiction though fiction is ok. This is for casual reading. Thanks......
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Have you read "The Russians" by Hedrick Smith? It was published in 1975 and it's been a while since I read it, but it is pretty interesting.

Here's the Amazon review.

"Hedrick Smith has done what we all wish we could do: he has gone to Russia and spoken to the people. Over steaming samovars, in cramped flats, and on dirt-floors, he has spoken to peasants and bureaucrats, artists and officials. He has studied their customs and their governments and shares his fascinating insights and fresh perspectives with us."
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Oh man, I saw "The Soviet War Machine" on sale at the Sunnyvale Library yesterday. But that's probably not what you were aiming for.
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The Gulag Archipelago is a possibility.
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Didn't Kruschev's (sp?) daughter write a book about her life over there?
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Have you read "The Russians" by Hedrick Smith? It was published in 1975 and it's been a while since I read it, but it is pretty interesting.

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Thanks, I requested these two books form the library. I also requested "The Way of a Pilgrim" which is from an earlier time but looks interesting.
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Its more late 80's.
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Gorky Park and the rest of the Arkady Renko novels are quite good. Renko is an archetypical antihero, one man shovelling against the tide.
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Martin Cruz Smith writes very interesting crime stories set in late Soviet Russia and I guess beyond. I read a few of his books and found them to be entertaining, engaging, well crafted stories.

Heres a link:http://www.martincruzsmith.com/
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Not sure, but I took a seminar at the Naval War College taught by Dr. Sergei Kruschev, Nikita's son. It was about post Soviet Russia, but of course, he had some amazing stories when we pressed.
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Re: The Gulag Archipelago - I made it through the 1st & 2nd books. While I'm glad the author survived the 3rd book, I KNEW I wouldn't. No wonder the Soviet social pschye has that fatalistic tinge around the edges!
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