Dynamic survey of Soviet history from the revolution up through Putin
Story-teller really knew his stuff -- knew the people, the places,a nd the context of the things he describes
Growing up during the cold war, there were many things we didn't know at the time, that have only been revealed with the release of Soviet archives. Similarly, there were a lot things that happened in the post-Gorbachev era that I remember when the happened, but didn't have a great understanding of what they meant. This book rectified all that.
This book is extremely quantitative -- imagine someone reciting to you the reams of data they collected for their PhD thesis. Furthermore, the author relies heavily on long-shot estimates and attempted modelling of behavior that took place over 2000 years ago. Even for someone like me who loves ancient Roman history and likes academic history books, this is extremely difficult to listen to. I found myself wondering when it would be over so I could listen to something else.
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