A People's Tragedy: A History Of The Russian Revolution
  • A People's Tragedy: A History Of The Russian Revolution
  • A People's Tragedy: A History Of The Russian Revolution
  • A People's Tragedy: A History Of The Russian Revolution
ISBN: 014024364X
EAN13: 9780140243642
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 1, 1998
Pages: 1024
Dimensions: 1.7" H x 9.2" L x 6.1" W
Weight: 2.15 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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   A Tour De Force
Much of the text is devoted to elaborations, justifications and explanations of persons and events, and can be soporific, especially if you aren 't caught on your sleep. Colorful and historically important characters like Nicholas II, Lenin, Stalin, Trotsky and Gorky are brought to life with insight, along with the important events in which they participate. A large supporting cast, with characters like Alexandra, Rasputin, Kerensky, General Brusilov and Prince Lvov, add to the dramatic saga, which is marked by many delicious anecdotes. You get only a few, unremarkable maps, but you get many photos, and are good. A people's tragedy is a great accomplishment and a reading of it will enrich you.
   An Epic Story of Tragedy, Heroism, and Still More Tragedy
Orlando Figes in A People's Tragedy has written a hefty history of the Russian Revolution, clocking in at around 900 pages with notes and bibliographic information, but don 't let its masterful size scare you away. Figes takes over the last days of the Romanovs, the Provisional Government, the Revolution and the Bolsheviks consolidated power. While many people could probably write a history of the Russian Revolution, Figes separates himself by going into such intimate detail about the successes and failures of all major characters in the long term conflict. For the reader it presents a unique challenge because there is no good or bad, just people with their strengths and weaknesses. While this approach is much more interesting, it forces the reader to move beyond their pre-conceived perceptions and their stock notions.
   This book is superbly detailed but maintains a coherent narrative.
I started reading this book when I got antsy waiting for Mike Duncan to finish his series of podcasts on the Russian Revolution. I am very happy that I did! The personal stories from different levels of society provide rich and heart wrenching perspectives. I was most strongly influenced by the story of Semien Semyonov and his fight to improve his life, his family and his farm against all odds. I would have liked more information about the Peasant Revolutions ongoing during the Red and White Civil War, but are covered to some extent. I would recommend this book to lovers of history, but beware that it is a TOME and the number of covered different people could lead to brain fatigue, keeping track of everyone.
   Not bad, but dry.
Seems to be very good and well researched, but is pretty dry. The author did a good job overall. I'm now halfway through the audiobook.
   The definitive book on the Russian Revolution
Despite its length, it is very easy to read and offers a tremendous insight into the time, the people, the countless factors that led to the Russian Revolution and the events of the Revolution itself. Figes is not here to push an agenda, but to offer a complex and nuanced analysis of a complex and nuanced series of events that have changed the world completely. I was absolutely blown away by the A People's Revolution and can not recommend it highly enough.
   A very difficult read but worth it
I would not have picked it up or read otherwise, but I learned a great deal.