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Books: Nonfiction (as described on unless otherwise noted)

Biographies by Robert K Massie:

Nicolas and Alexandra

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

Peter the Great: His Life and World

Land of the Firebird -- The Beauty of Old Russia " by Suzanne Massie ( 1980 ) . This book is a series of beautiful and engaging essays about the arts and culture with a great focus on Russia in the " Silver Age " ( 1890 - 1917 ) .

Putin's Russia: How It Rose, How It Is Maintained, and How It Might End May 12, 2015 by Mikhail Dmitriev and Evgeny Gontmakher.

In this groundbreaking collection, nine of Russia's leading scholars and experts describe and analyze some of the Vladimir Putin regime’s key structural strengths and weaknesses and look at their implications for both the present and the future.

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia (Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction) by Candace Fleming

“[A] superb history.... In these thrilling, highly readable pages, we meet Rasputin, the shaggy, lecherous mystic...; we visit the gilded ballrooms of the doomed aristocracy; and we pause in the sickroom of little Alexei, the hemophiliac heir who, with his parents and four sisters, would be murdered by the Bolsheviks in 1918.” —The Wall Street Journal

The Oligarchs: Wealth And Power In The New Russia. by David E. Hoffman. David Hoffman, former Moscow bureau chief for The Washington Post, sheds light onto the hidden lives of Russia's most feared power brokers: the oligarchs. Focusing on six of these ruthless men Hoffman reveals how a few players managed to take over Russia's cash-strapped economy and then divvy it up in loans-for-shares deals

Books: Fiction

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. At its simplest, Anna Karenina is a love story. It is a portrait of a beautiful and intelligent woman whose passionate love for a handsome officer sweeps aside all other ties - to her marriage and to the network of relationships and moral values that bind the society around her. The love affair of Anna and Vronsky is played out alongside the developing romance of Kitty and Levin, and in the character of Levin, closely based on Tolstoy himself, the search for happiness takes on a deeper philosophical significance.

Russka: The Novel of Russia by Edward Rutherfurd. Spanning 1800 years of Russia's history, people, poltics, and culture, Edward Rurtherford, author of the phenomenally successful SARUM: THE NOVEL OF ENGLAND, tells a grand saga that is as multifaceted as Russia itself.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. This story focuses on Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812 and follows three of the most well-known characters in literature: Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a count who is fighting for his inheritance and yearning for spiritual fulfillment; Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, who leaves his family behind to fight in the war against Napoleon; and Natasha Rostov, the beautiful young daughter of a nobleman who intrigues both men.

Winter Garden by Kristen Hannah. One of Julie Kay’s favorite books about two daughters discovering why their mother is the way she is, with the book taking you back to Stalin-era Russia.

Films (check out membership is free. The vault has a lot of different movies, but they are mp3 audio files, not DVDs) (information from

Anastasia (1997)

The daughter of the last Russian Tsar, Nicolas II, Anastasia is found by two Russian con men, Dimitri and Vladimir, who seek the reward that her grandmother, the Dowager Empress Marie, promised to the ones who'll find her. But the evil mystic of the Tsar family, Rasputin, still wants the Romanov family to be destroyed forever.

Dr. Zhivago.(1965) The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during the First World War and then the October Revolution. Stars: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin.

East/West (1999) Oscar nominee: Best Foreign Language Film. Sandrine Bonnaire and Catherine Deneuve star in director Regis Wargnier's award-winning film about one family's brutal struggle to survive post-WWII Stalinist Russia. Starring: Oleg Menshikov, Sandrine Bonnaire.

Leviathan (2014) In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man's arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family. Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev With: Aleksey Serebryakov, Elena Lyadova, Roman Madyanov

Maps of Russia

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Television (information from

The Assets (2015) ABC’s mini-series about Aldrich Ames, an American officer who spied for Russia.

War And Peace (2007 TV mini-series)

Russia (1986 miniseries)

Websites: A guide to Russia with articles, photos, facts, videos, and news from National Geographic. well-known travel writer and television/radio personality who gives practical information about how to travel in different parts of the world.

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