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This is an auction for SPIES AND COMMISSARS: BOLSHEVIK RUSSIA AND THE WEST, by Robert Service.

"A well-researched, detailed, and thoughtful analysis of the Russian Revolution. Service is careful not to lose focus on the cultural, political, and economic weight that the revolution brought to a dispirited Russia. A nuanced and important contribution to the history of the Russian Revolution. Readers of Russian and early Soviet history, both in and out of academia, will find it illuminating."
- Library Journal (US)

"An outstanding work of scholarship with all the excitement of a real spy novel—and with lessons beyond its historical moment" that "is especially valuable, in our own epoch of Arab revolutions, for showing the fragility and unpredictability of new regimes."
- Simon Sebag Montefiore in the Wall Street Journal

"A careful, dense scholarly study that paints detailed portraits of the revolutionary principals and their sometimes-surprising allies and enemies."
- Kirkus Reviews (US)

Amazon.com review:

"This book reveals that revolutionary Russia was shaped not only by Lenin and Trotsky but by an extraordinary miscellany of people: spies and commissars, certainly, but also diplomats, reporters, and dissidents, as well as intellectuals, opportunistic businessmen, and casual travellers. This is the story of these characters. Through this sharply observed exposé of conflicting loyalties, we get a very vivid sense of how diverse the shades of Western and Eastern political opinion were during these years."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Paperback 2012.

440 pages + photographs.

Very good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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