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From a leading journalist in Moscow and correspondent for The New Yorker, a groundbreaking portrait of modern Russia and the inner struggles of the people who sustain Vladimir Putin's rule "Unforgettable. . . . This is a book about Putin's Russia that is unlike any other." --Patrick Radden Keefe, author of Say Nothing In this rich and novelistic tour of contemporary Russia, Joshua Yaffa introduces readers to some of the country's most remarkable figures--from politicians and entrepreneurs to artists and historians--who have built their careers and constructed their identities in the shadow of the Putin system. Torn between their own ambitions and the omnipresent demands of the state, each walks an individual path of compromise. Some muster cunning and cynicism to extract all manner of benefits and privileges from those in power. Others, finding themselves to be less adept, are left broken and demoralized. What binds them together is the tangled web of dilemmas and contradictions they face. Between Two Fires chronicles the lives of a number of strivers who understand that their dreams are best--or only--realized through varying degrees of cooperation with the Russian government. With sensitivity and depth, Yaffa profiles the director of the country's main television channel, an Orthodox priest at war with the church hierarchy, a Chechen humanitarian who turns a blind eye to persecutions, and many others. The result is an intimate and probing portrait of a nation that is much discussed yet little understood. By showing how citizens shape their lives around the demands of a capricious and frequently repressive state--as often by choice as under threat of force--Yaffa offers urgent lessons about the true nature of modern authoritarianism.

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Author by Joshua Yaffa
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ISBN Number 9781524760595

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“Buehlman…slips effortlessly into a different kind of literary sensibility, one that doesn’t scrimp on earthy humor and lyrical writing in the face of unspeakable horrors.”* The year is 1348. Thomas, a disgraced knight, has found an orphan of the Black Death in a Norman village. An almost unnerving picture of innocence, she tells Thomas that the plague is only part of a larger cataclysm—that the fallen angels under Lucifer are rising in a second war on Heaven. But is it delirium or is it faith? She believes she has seen the angels of God. She believes the dead speak to her in dreams. And now she has convinced the faithless Thomas to shepherd her across an apocalyptic landscape to Avignon. There, she tells Thomas, she will fulfill her mission. There her true nature will be revealed. And there Thomas will confront an evil wrestling for the throne of Heaven, and which has poisoned his own soul. *Kirkus Reviews

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Author by Christopher Buehlman
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ISBN Number 9781101611616

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Tragic historic story of the destruction of Native American peoples as a result of the Civil War, including their own service in both the Union and Confederate armies.

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Author by Laurence M. Hauptman
Genre eBook History
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ISBN Number 9780684826684

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The author shares a collection of essays and writings on food including such topics as chili and its influence on Mexican life, childhood reminiscences about her mother's and grandmother's kitchens, and a recipe for Oaxacan black mole.

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Author by Laura Esquivel
Genre eBook Cooking
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ISBN Number UTEXAS:059173007140862

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Spies, betrayal, and oppression created the awful circumstances of the Cold War. Poetry also moved within this environment, crossing borders and languages, helped and hindered along the way by a varied cast of poets, editors, translators and diplomats. This book follows those paths revealing patterns of influence previously uncharted. A left-wing poet hounded to death by J. Edgar Hoover in the US would become lauded on the other side of the Iron Curtain; and viceversa. These questions are then enlarged to considerations of poets not usually associated with the Cold War - among them Seamus Heaney and Derek Walcott - and more generally a reconsideration ofpostcolonial theory.

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Author by Justin Quinn
Genre eBook Cold War in literature
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ISBN Number 9780198744436

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This book throws fresh light on a forgotten war that raged in the 1940s in the mountains of Spain. It is a story of heartbreak and heroism, relating the dramatic events in a village trapped between the ruthless Civil Guard and guerrillas led by a legendary chieftain named Roberto. Guerrilleros, villagers, Civil Guards give a poignant account of bloodshed, betrayal and courage. Historian Paul Preston comments: "As exciting as any thriller, yet deeply moving, it deserves to be read by everyone concerned with the history of contemporary Spain."

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Author by David Baird
Genre eBook History
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ISBN Number 9788461220533

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Recaptures the chaos in Europe prior to World War II, showing a Europe in political and social upheaval, ripe for a fascist takeover

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Author by David Clay Large
Genre eBook History
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ISBN Number 0393307573

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Saxon barbarians threaten to destroy medieval Wales. Lady Branwen becomes Wales' last hope to unite their divided kingdoms when her father betroths her to a powerful Welsh warlord, the Hammer King. But the fledgling alliance is fraught with enemies from within and without as Branwen becomes the target of assassination attempts and courtly intrigue. A young woman in a world of fierce warriors, she seeks to assert her own authority and preserve Wales against the barbarians. But when she falls for a young hedge knight named Artagan, her world threatens to tear itself apart. Caught between her duty to her people and her love of a man she cannot have, Branwen must choose whether to preserve her royal marriage or to follow her heart. Somehow she must save her people and remain true to herself, before Saxon invaders and a mysterious traitor try to destroy her. Branwen's story combines elements of mystery and romance with Noce's gift for storytelling.

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Author by Mark Noce
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ISBN Number 9781466884434

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Author by David Stoll
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ISBN Number STANFORD:36105001711725

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Author by Harry Golding
Genre eBook Transvaal (South Africa)
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ISBN Number OSU:32435003011145