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Slippy
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What is the best history of the Soviet Union out there?
I am thinking of reading The Soviet Century by Moshe Lewin, but I'm wondering if there is a better one. I only want to read one.


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re: What is the best history of the Soviet Union out there?
Gulag Archipelago


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re: What is the best history of the Soviet Union out there?
I doubt there is a single volume that really does it justice.

A History of the Soviet Union from the Beginning to the End - Kenez, The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union - McCauley, or your Lewin book may be the least bad options out there.


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tigahbruh
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re: What is the best history of the Soviet Union out there?

Very readable and from a Russian historian. Very interesting perspective. Got into the Soviet archives before Putin started restricting access.
His takes on Khrushchev, Brezhnev, and Gorbachev are pretty fresh.
Confirms that Stalin was a paranoid psychopath.


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re: What is the best history of the Soviet Union out there?
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Gulag Archipelago


Seconded


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Geaux17
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re: What is the best history of the Soviet Union out there?
The Gulag Archipelago which has been referred to as the most important work of the 20th Century.

And then there is all the other books about the Soviet Union.


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Tigris
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re: What is the best history of the Soviet Union out there?
I though A Failed Empire was quite good, not sure why the downvotes.


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re: What is the best history of the Soviet Union out there?
Not the entire USSR, but the Gulag Archipelago is haunting and amazing.


PrattvilleTiger
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re: What is the best history of the Soviet Union out there?
It's a difficult read though. I couldn't finish it.


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