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One of Barnes & Noble’s Best History Books of 2022

“Riveting . . . There is a wealth of new information here that adds considerable texture and nuance to his story and helps to set Russia apart from previous works.”—The Wall Street Journal

Russia makes compelling use of witness testimony including from Russian archives. . . Beevor hits his stride with the formation of the Volunteer Army and rising military opposition to the Bolsheviks. . . As an account of internecine rivalry the book has panoramic sweep.”—Financial Times

“Beevor’s book reads like a novel. . . An excellent place to begin learning about the Soviet period.”—Forbes

“[Russia is] welcome because most Westerners have paid little attention to the fratricidal fury of the Russian Civil War, finding it bewilderingly complicated.”—The Atlantic

“[A] magisterial history . . . a richly detailed account of the momentous four years of Russian history between 1917 and 1921.”—NY Journal of Books

“In this brilliant marshalling of a notoriously complex history, Antony Beevor opens up a magisterial canvas of terror and tragedy.”—Colin Thubron, author of Shadow of the Silk Road and The Amur River: Between Russia and China

“Beevor has given us what may be his most brilliant book to date—a masterpiece of historical imagination, in which the tragedy and horror of this colossal struggle is recaptured, in its impact on everyday life as well as its military dimensions, as never before. This is a great book, whose depiction of savage inhumanity speaks powerfully to our present condition.’—John Gray, author of Straw Dogs

“A completely riveting account of how the Russian Revolution, which started with such high hopes and idealism, degenerated into a tangle of civil conflicts marked by hideous cruelty on all sides. Antony Beevor brings his great gifts for narrative, and his deep interest in the people who both make history and suffer it, to illuminate that crucial period whose consequences we are still living with today.” — Margaret MacMillan, author of War: How Conflict Shaped Us and The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914

“This is an unmerciful book, agonising, yet always irresistible.”The Times (UK)
“A masterpiece of history and a harrowing lesson for today. . . Antony Beevor’s grimly magnificent new book. . . is ground-breaking in its use of original evidence from many archives.”—The Daily Telegraph
“What makes the new book so readable is its structure. . .  Beevor’s short chapters break up the action to ensure they are digestible while also pointing a clear path through the dark fog of this brutal war. . . This combination of clarity with vividness is Beevor’s defining strength as a historian.”—The Sunday Times
“A mass of chilling contemporary testimony in a new history of the 1917-21 Russian experience . . . [Beevor] is winning plaudits around the world.”—
“Beevor weaves his way through the enormous complexities of these years with intelligence, wit, and a talent for describing individuals and events. As one might expect he is in his element when describing battles, campaigns, and the down-to-earth realities of war. He conveys well the appalling savagery, casual violence and suffering brought on by the Civil War.”—The Times Literary Supplement
“A wonderfully lucid writer who marshals the extensive material with great verve and understanding. . . Beevor has captured the tragedy in mesmerising detail.”—The Observer

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