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LATVIAN LITERATURE UNDER THE SOVIETS 1940-1975., Ekmanis, Rolfs.
1 Ekmanis, Rolfs. LATVIAN LITERATURE UNDER THE SOVIETS 1940-1975.
Norland, Belmont, Massachusetts, 1978, first edition. 
533 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0913124324 Contents: Preface; Introduction; Literary Scene in Latvia During the First Year of Soviet Rule, 1940-1941; Latvian Communist Writers in the Soviet Union, 1941-1945; Literary Decli ne During the Period of Zhdanovism; Latvian Literature During the First Thaw, 1953-1957; The Aftermath of the Thaw, 1957-1960; Today: A Battle for Cultural Autonomy; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index. Minor browning to edges of textblock , m i n o r w rinkling at bottom of spine, minor soiling on bottom of textblock. Dust jacket has a few tiny edge tears - some with creases, light curling to edges, very light rubbing. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 75.00 USD
 
 
STALIN: THE HISTORY OF A DICTATOR., Hyde, H. Montgomery.  (Stalin.)
2 Hyde, H. Montgomery. (Stalin.) STALIN: THE HISTORY OF A DICTATOR.
London Rupert Hart-Davis 1971 0246640537 / 9780246640536 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good - Good+ 
679 pp, 8vo (8 11/16" H). Map endpapers, b&w plates. "The son of a drunken and poverty-stricken Georgian cobbler, Stalin was born in a wooden shack in a small town in Transcaucasia in 1879. When he died at his country villa outside Moscow in 1953, he was the absolute ruler of more than two hundred million Soviet subjects whom he had governed from his office in the Kremlin for upwards of a quarter of a century through the most brutal system of police terror. 'Like Peter the Great, Stalin fought barbarism with barbarism', said his henchman Nikita Khruschev, 'but he was a great man'. This book is largely an endorsement of that opinion. But it will also adjust the traditional view in many important respects. For instance, (the author) shows clearly that while working with the Bolshevik group led by Lenin, before being co-opted onto the party central committee in 1912, Stalin was also an informer for the Tsarist secret police. He describes how (Stalin) used his position as General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party to build up his pattern of dictatorial rule, and eliminate all his opponents, real or supposed, including Trotsky and virtually the whole of the Bolshevik Old Guard. He examines his role as Commander-in-Chief of Soviet forces during the War, and shows that though he constantly interfered with the conduct of operations, he was by no means the military ignoramus portrayed by Kruschev. (Hyde ) traces in detail the means by which Stalin was able to outwit both Churchill and Roosevelt at their various wartime conferences. Finally he describes how Stalin, by now a paranoiac, was prevented only by sudden illness and death from slaughtering all his remaining close colleagues in the Politburo. Using a mass of little-known Russian language sources as well as such important manuscript collections as the Tsarist secret police archives, the Trotsky papers, and the confidential reports from the British Embassy in Moscow, (Hyde) has produced a biography which is not only readable, but likely to prove the definitive study of this most successful dictator of modern times." Previous owner's signature on half -title page, short light ink mark on verso of frontispiece - also tiny mark on title page, very small slub in paper on free front endpaper, large dog-ear crease on page 417, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very light soiling to edges of textblock, light line rub down rear board, slight bump to three corners. Dust jacket is price clipped, has light edge wear, moderate edge wrinkling, a few tiny/small chips and tears, a few tiny dints on panels, line rub down rear panel and also a tiny dent, very light rubbing. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
THE WAR IN THE YEMEN., O'Ballance, Edgard.
3 O'Ballance, Edgard. THE WAR IN THE YEMEN.
Archon, Hamden, Connecticut, 1971, first edition. 
218 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0208010386 "....a remarkable account of a bitter war fought in almost medieval conditions in a little-known country. It is also, inevitably, the story of a country forced by the necessities of its own warfare to advance with reckless speed into the twentieth century. Major O'Ballance is the best qualified historian, both from his long familiarity with the Middle East, and from his books on modern warfare and guerrilla fighting which h ave gained him such a wide reputation, to write this account - the only comprehensive one to date - of the Yemen War. He begins with the Yemen in 1948, a land as impenetrable as Tibet to the Western world, where the tyrannical Imam Yahya r e c e i v e d c omplaints from his people on little bits on paper and decorated the wall of his capital with the heads of argumentative subjects; and he ends twenty years later with a Republican government in the same capital, using foreign aid to bu il d ro ad s an d h ospitals, and keeping a precarious status quo with the help of tanks and aeroplanes. In between, we are given a fascinating and almost classic description of the meeting and struggle of two worlds: the world of the Imams who ke pt pe ace by t aki ng ho stages from each of the warring tribes and regarded motor cars with considerable distrust; and the world of the young officers trained abroad who found good military reasons for quoting Khrushchev, Nasser and Mao Tse- Tung in th eir succ ess ful eff orts to unseat a dynasty of kings. And the continuous self-seeking participation of Nasser and Faisal in this conflict, as Major O'Ballance is at pains to stress, highlights more cogently than ever the intricate w eb of sus pici ons and p reju dice s in whic h the nations of the Middle East find themselves struggling to coexist." Previous owner's small stamp on front pastedown, very light edge wear - mainly at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor ed ge wea r/wri nklin g, o ne ver y sma ll cl osed tear, minor soiling on rear panel. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 75.00 USD
 
 
THIS IS RUSSIA AND CENTRAL ASIAN REPUBLICS OF THE SOVIET UNION., Simpson, Colin.
4 Simpson, Colin. THIS IS RUSSIA AND CENTRAL ASIAN REPUBLICS OF THE SOVIET UNION.
Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1965, first edition. 
513 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Pictorial endpapers, colour and b&w photographs, maps, decorations. "....not just a travel book, nor is it just Russia, or Russia Now. It is a revelation of the Communist Way, the Other Way in this divided world. It is a journey in understanding via not only Leningrad and Moscow, Kiev and such cities of Soviet Asia as Sukhara, Alma-Ata, and - Samarkand, but via the extraordinary essential history, via the Men from Hell - the Tartars, via the Czars of All the Russias (terrible Ivan, giant Peter, Catherine, the idiots), via Karl Marx, Rasputin, the Revolutions, Lenin (the real Lenin), Stalin (his evil documented). It answers Why/How/What is Communism? and What is Russia Really Li ke? The answers are clear, perceptive, disturbing, and without commitment except to the truth about this astonishing society where atheists keep Communist Commandments that point the problem of the Two Moralities, Purtians frown at stretch - p a n t s , h otels are barless, and rich writers carless. The Party Plan for rentless flats and fareless trains gives food for thought. And you are richly entertained when the author takes you to the Kremlin, to people at home, to the ballet a t th e Bo ls ho i, in to Red Square for the feting of the spacemen. And down to the republics of Tajik, Uzbek, Kazakh, in a journey so different and so illuminating." Very light browning to fore-edge of textblock, very faint foxing marks on board s, mi no r w rin kli ng a t t op/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling, very light rubbing, a few tiny foxing marks on inside surface. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
FROM YALTA TO BERLIN: THE COLD WAR STRUGGLE OVER GERMANY., Smyser, W.R.  Foreword by Paul H. Nitze.
5 Smyser, W.R. Foreword by Paul H. Nitze. FROM YALTA TO BERLIN: THE COLD WAR STRUGGLE OVER GERMANY.
St. Martin's Press, New York, 1999, second printing. 
465 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0312066058 B&w photographs. "The question of German unity was the most important and intractable problem to remain unsettled after World War II. It was also one of the least understoo d and, ultimately, one of the most important issues determining the political stability of the globe at the end of the twentieth century. (The author) explores 'the German Question' and uses it to illustrate the story of how Germany was divid e d a n d then united against a background of global events and a continuing search for stable peace in an area that has not known it since the age of Charlemagne. Focusing on the personalities who controlled Germany's fate - FDR, Churchill, Stal in , D e Ga ul le, Adenauer, Kennedy, Brandt, Reagan, Bush, Gorbachev, Kohl and others - Smyser creates a masterful and engaging portrait of a country that has played a pivotal role in the history of the twentieth century." Light wrinkling at top/b ott om o f spi ne. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top of spine, moderate at bottom of spine and light at top/bottom of flap-folds, minor edge wear. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
THE MISSILES OF OCTOBER: THE DECLASSIFIED STORY OF JOHN F. KENNEDY AND THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS., Thompson, Robert Smith.
6 Thompson, Robert Smith. THE MISSILES OF OCTOBER: THE DECLASSIFIED STORY OF JOHN F. KENNEDY AND THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS.
Simon & Schuster, New York, 1992. 
395 pp, large 8vo (9" H), soft cover. ISBN 0671871765 B&w photographs. "The Cuban missile crisis of October 1962 has attained the status of myth. According to conventional history, President John F. Kennedy was stunned to learn that Soviet Premi er Khrushchev had placed missiles in Cuba. Kennedy responded with an ultimatum: remove the missiles and maintain peace, or leave them and risk war. The world held its breath as the Cold War moved toward a frightening climax. Khrushchev bac k e d d o wn, and Kennedy achieved a major triumph. Using recently declassified documents, (the author) re-examines the U.S., Soviet, and Cuban posturing that led to the confrontation and presents evidence for a provocative new view of the crisis th at p e ne tr ates to the very heart of our illusions about the Cold War and the Kennedy mystique." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor rubbing. Near Fine 
Price: 10.00 USD
 


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