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  • Lost Kingdom: The Quest for Empire and the Making of the Russian Nation | Serhii Plokhy

    Lost Kingdom: The Quest for Empire and the Making of the Russian Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Serhii Plokhy
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
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    In 2014, Russia annexed the Crimea and attempted to seize a portion of Ukraine. While the world watched in outrage, this blatant violation of national sovereignty was only the latest iteration of a centuries-long effort to expand Russian boundaries and create a pan-Russian nation. In Lost Kingdom, award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy argues that we can understand the confluence of Russian imperialism and nationalism today only by delving into the nation's history.

    kucherv says: "More like a history of Languages spoke in Russia."
  • The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine | Serhii Plokhy

    The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Serhii Plokhy
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
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    Ukraine is currently embroiled in a tense battle with Russia to preserve its economic and political independence. But today's conflict is only the latest in a long history of battles over Ukraine's existence as a sovereign nation. As award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy argues in The Gates of Europe, we must examine Ukraine's past in order to understand its fraught present and likely future.

    Bohdan Hodiak says: "Superb book; poorly read"
  • The Man with the Poison Gun: A Cold War Spy Story | Serhii Plokhy

    The Man with the Poison Gun: A Cold War Spy Story

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Serhii Plokhy
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In the fall of 1961, KGB assassin Bogdan Stashinsky defected to West Germany. After spilling his secrets to the CIA, Stashinsky was put on trial in what would be the most publicized assassination case of the entire Cold War. The publicity stirred up by the Stashinsky case forced the KGB to change its modus operandi abroad and helped end the career of Aleksandr Shelepin, one of the most ambitious and dangerous Soviet leaders.

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