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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.
    You can further the brotherhood of man by eliminating class.
    You can lift the wage earner up by equalizing earnings.
    You can bring about prosperity by overturning the holders of power.
    You can strengthen the weak by eating the the strong.
    You can help the poor by destroying the rich.

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    Didn't Kruschev's (sp?) daughter write a book about her life over there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    The Gulag Archipelago is a possibility.
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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.


    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Blight View Post
    one man shovelling against the tide.
    The Human Condition, no?
    You can further the brotherhood of man by eliminating class.
    You can lift the wage earner up by equalizing earnings.
    You can bring about prosperity by overturning the holders of power.
    You can strengthen the weak by eating the the strong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
    Didn't Kruschev's (sp?) daughter write a book about her life over there?
    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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