By Richard Pipes
The writer of the vintage two-volume research, The Russian Revolution and Russia less than the Bolshevik Regime, now distills these works into an authoritative new chronicle of Russia among 1900 and the demise of Lenin. "A deep and eloquent condemnation."--The long island occasions.
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A Concise History of the Russian Revolution by Richard Pipes