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  • Published: 15 February 2017
  • ISBN: 9781847924513
  • Imprint: Bodley Head
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 960
  • RRP: $39.99

A People's Tragedy



The unrivalled, definitive history beautifully reissued with a new introduction for the 100th anniversary

Unrivalled in scope and brimming with human drama, A People's Tragedy is the most vivid, moving and comprehensive history of the Russian Revolution available today.

'A modern masterpiece' Andrew Marr

'The most moving account of the Russian Revolution since Doctor Zhivago' Independent

Opening with a panorama of Russian society, from the cloistered world of the Tsar to the brutal life of the peasants, A People's Tragedy follows workers, soldiers, intellectuals and villagers as their world is consumed by revolution and then degenerates into violence and dictatorship. Drawing on vast original research, Figes conveys above all the shocking experience of the revolution for those who lived it, while providing the clearest and most cogent account of how and why it unfolded.

Illustrated with over 100 photographs and now including a new introduction that reflects on the revolution's centennial legacy, A People's Tragedy is a masterful and definitive record of one of the most important events in modern history.

  • Published: 15 February 2017
  • ISBN: 9781847924513
  • Imprint: Bodley Head
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 960
  • RRP: $39.99

About the author

Orlando Figes

Orlando Figes is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London. Born in London in 1959, he was previously a Lecturer in History and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. A People’s Tragedy received the Wolfson Prize, the NCR Book Award, the W.H. Smith Literary Award, the Longman/History Today Book Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He is the author of many other books on Russian historyincluding Natasha’s Dance: A Cultural History of Russia, The Whisperers: Private life in Stalin’s Russia, Crimea: the Last Crusade and Just Send Me Word: A True Story of Love and Survival in the Gulag.

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Praise for A People's Tragedy

The standard work by which all others on the subject are still measured . . . Erudite, comprehensive and detailed, always lively and readable, it is the model of what a popular narrative history should be.

Guardian

One of the most important works of history of our time.

New York Times

A splendid work of scholarship, objective in method, sound in judgment, inescapable in its conclusions.

New York Times Book Review

A work which everyone should read.

Hugh Trevor-Roper

In this political season, William L. Shirer's mammoth history of Hitler's Germany seems a useful guide to how a skilled demagogue can seize and destroy a great nation.

Chicago Tribune

A remarkably successful effort to write a major history of Nazi Germany. A serious work of scholarship.

Foreign Affairs

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