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Russia's Road to Deeper Democracy
Bjorkman, Tom
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Why They Behave like Russians
Fischer, John
5.98 USD
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Oswald's Tale: an American Mystery, Mailer, Norman
Oswald's Tale: an American Mystery
Mailer, Norman
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1 Bjorkman, Tom Russia's Road to Deeper Democracy
0815708998 / 9780815708995; Russia has embarked on a slow but steady path of foreign policy alignment with the West. President Vladimir Putin's market-oriented economic policies and structural reforms have added momentum. But in the long run, the decisive factor in Russia's relationship with the West will be the nature of the political order it builds on the ruins of communism. Since the Soviet collapse Russia seems stalled somewhere between democracy as understood in the West and the highly authoritarian order Russia inherited from the USSR. Some would say that Russia is doomed by its history and political culture to a lengthy period of semi-authoritarianism. In this book, the author presents evidence that this assessment is too pessimistic and underestimates the forces for political change that lie beneath the surface of what seems to be an era of political somnolence. The author argues that it is not the weight of history or the antidemocratic attitudes of the Russian population restraining Russia from making progress toward stronger democratic institutions, but specific leadership policies and elements of Russia's political elite who have a self-interest in maintaining the status quo. This slender book is still in publisher's wraps. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Brookings Inst Press
Washington, D. C. , U. S.a., 2003, 
Softcover
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002167; 
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2 Fischer, John Why They Behave like Russians
John Fischer believes that there are several clearly discernable reasons why the Soviet Russians behave as they do. First, the havoc wrought by the Nazi invaders has convinced them that they can never again let their security be jeopardizd by a state of affairs like that of prewar years. Other pressures - historic, economic, and political - have molded the Soviet habits of thought and action into a clearly defined pattern. This book is neither a defense or an indictment of the Soviet system: It is a dispassionate effort to explain the motives and probable future course of a country and a people we must understand. Written in an anecdotal style, this is an honest book which answers many questions that have been plaguing ordinary Americans in the years since the end of the war. It makes for absorbing reading. 262 pages. The bottom corners are bent in. The jacket has minor wear at the corners with a diagonal 1" tear from the top corner. The spine ends have slight wear; the top and bottom edges have a bit of chipping. The front of the cover appears to have gotten wet - it is lightly wrinkled on the bottom half. There is also a 1" tear from the top back, and an enclosed tear, about 1/2", on the front. The tears have been repaired. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Harper & Brothers
New York, 1947, Book Club (BCE/BOMC)
Hardcover
Near Fine in Good dust jacket


001922; 
Price: 5.98 USD
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3 Goodman, Susan Tumarkin (editor) Russian Jewish Artists in a Century of Change: 1890-1990
379131601X / 9783791316017; Under Tsarist rule, Jews interested in pursuing artistic careers were educated locally or found opportunities to attend urban academies severely limited. Nonetheless, a significant Jewish presence existed on the Russian art scene before the Revolution. Most artist welcomed the Revolution and the lifting of sanctions, and found jobs in culture, or as influential teachers, designers and photographers. Given the present state of research into the Jewish artists of Russia, this book - which documents an exhibition organized by The Jewish Museum, New York - purposely proposes more questions than it answers. A lucid historical overview by historian Michael Stanislawski is followed by seven thought-provoking essays by an international roster of art historians who address, in chronological sequence, the difficult, frequently uplifting history of Jewish art in Russia in the modern period. Includes an index, 46 color plates and 311 black-and-white illustrations. Bound in red cloth. ; 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall; ABE
Prestel-Verlag
New York, 1995, 
Hardcover
New in Near Fine dust jacket

Illustrated by Photographs and Drawings; 
002352; 
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Oswald's Tale: an American Mystery, Mailer, Norman
4 Mailer, Norman Oswald's Tale: an American Mystery
0679425357 / 9780679425359; In this book, Norman Mailer asks not "Who Killed Kennedy" but "Who Was Oswald" for only by asking the latter can we hope to answer the first. In 1959 Lee Harvey Oswald defected to the Soviet Union and was sent to Minsk, where he lived for two and one-half years and remained under constant KGB surveillance on suspicion of being a CIA agent. In 1993, Mailer spent six months in Russia where he interviewed Oswald's former friends and sweethearts and obtained exclusive interviews with kGB officers assigned to monitor Oswald. He was also given exclusive access to the KGB files on Oswald including transcripts of conversations overheard in the apartment that he shared with his Russian wife, Marina. This is a nonfiction masterpiece, a work of meticulous research and reportage. Included is an appendix of 39 pages in which a few passages of the Warren Commission papers are included, a glossary of names, acknowledgments, bibliography and endnotes. Price clipped. ; 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall
Random House Inc
New York, NY, 1995, 
Hardcover
Fine in Fine dust jacket


003914; 
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5 Raymer, Steve St. Petersburg
1878685481 / 9781878685483; Modern-day St. Petersburg is placed against its historical perspective in this glorious photographic study by National Geographic photographer Steve Raymer. This majestic and romantic city on the Neva River was built to be Russia's 'Window to the West' by Tsar Peter the Great, who was strongly influenced by Western European culture. Today, after almost three hundred years of rule by tsars, tsarinas - and Communists - St. Petersburg is struggling to find its place in the world community. The chapters in this lavishly illustrated book present the history and economics of the city, its museums and palaces, the arts and religions, and glimpses into the lives of a few typical residents. " Pages are indexed with bibliography. Very light wear on all corners. Jacket has the same wear; the front bottom corner has a tiny tear. Beautiful full-color illustrations throughout, with historic photos included.; Folio - over 12 - 15" tall
Turner Publications
Atlanta, Georgia, U. S. A., 1994, First Edition
Hardcover
Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket

Illustrated by Raymer, Steve; 
002387; 
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