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Biography and Memoir

A selection of mostly out-of-print biographies and memoirs on nobility, statesmen, arts and dance and more. 

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    The Last Tsar: The Life and Death of Nicholas II by Radzinksy

    The Last Tsar: The Life and Death of Nicholas II

    Edvard Radzinsky. The Last Tsar: The Life and Death of Nicholas II.  Russian historian and author Radzinsky mines sources never before available to create a fascinating portrait of the last Tsar of Russia, and sets out a minute-by-minute...

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    White Road: A Russian Odyssey, 1919-1923.

    White Road: A Russian Odyssey, 1919-1923

    White Road: A Russian Odyssey, 1919-1923. Olga Illyn. An enthralling memoir of the onset of the Russian Revolution and the path of defeat for the White Army. Illyn was a young bride and her husband a White Army officer and as members of the upper class...

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    Dear Me [Peter Ustinov]

    Peter Ustinov. Dear Me. Ustinov's 1977 autobiography is spellbinding and hilarious. It spans his extraordinary career (1921-2004) as actor, comedian, humorist, stage designer and playwright, film star and director, including opera. MA (Boston): Little,...

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    Comrade Valentine

    Comrade Valentine (Azef the Spy)

    Richard E. Rubenstein. Comrade Valentine. (Full title: The True Story of Azef the Spy - The Most Dangerous Man in Russia at the Time of the Last Czars.) Yevno Azef, a Russian Jew born into poverty, operated simultaneously as a spy for the Czarist secret...

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    Humanity Uprooted (Maurice Hindus)

    Humanity Uprooted (Maurice Hindus) 1931

     Maurice Hindus. Humanity Uprooted. Hindus (1891-1969), born in  Bolshoye Bykovo (today Belarus), came to the US in 1906. His father was a kulak (affluent peasants in the latter days of the Russian Empire, Soviet Russia and the early...

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    Letters of a Diplomat's Wife, 1883-1900

    Letters of a Diplomat's Wife, 1883-1900

    Mary King Waddington. (SIGNED on the tissue guard of the frontispiece in black ink by Waddington.) Letters of a Diplomat's Wife, 1883-1900. Illustrated from Drawings and Photographs. Mary Alsop King was an American author born in New York City...

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    Nikolay Leskov

    Nikolay Leskov

    K. A. Lantz. Nikolay Leskov. Leskov (1831-1895) was a Russian journalist, novelist and short story writer. This biography covers his life, who was an author whom Chekhov considered, in some respects, his teacher. With the publication of his...

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    The Russian Soviet Republic [1923]

    The Russian Soviet Republic [1923]

    The Russian Soviet Republic. Edward Alsworth Ross. Ross (1866-1951) was a progressive American sociologist and a major figure in early criminology. He visited Russia just after the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 and stayed up to the Brest-Litovsk...

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  • The Vanished Pomps of Yesterday [1921]

    The Vanished Pomps of Yesterday [1921]

    The Vanished Pomps of Yesterday, being Some Random Reminiscences of a British Diplomat. Frederick Spencer Hamilton. First published in 1921, this is the 1923 new and revised edition. An vivid account of Imperial Russia prior to 1914 with detailed...

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    Divided Soul: The Life of Gogol

    Divided Soul: The Life of Gogol

    Divided soul: The life of Gogol. Henri Troyat. Minerva Press, 1975. Softcover, 489 pages. Book is in good condition with several minor flaws such as edge wear and light soil to edges. Binding is solid, pages are crisp pages and text is clean text and...

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    Russian Blood, paperback

    Russian Blood

    Russian Blood. In the early 1980s, Alex Shoumatoff, the author, became curious about his roots. Both his grandmothers were into their 90s, and with a sense of urgency, he collected their stories and reminiscences about life as White Russian aristocrats,...

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