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1812: NAPOLEON IN MOSCOW., Austin, Paul Britten.
1 Austin, Paul Britten. 1812: NAPOLEON IN MOSCOW.
Greenhill, London, 1995, first edition. 
264 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1853671959 B&w plates, maps. "Napoleon's Grand Armee waits at the gates of Moscow, preparing to enter in triumphal procession. But it finds a city abandoned by its inhabitants - save only the men who emerge to fan the flames as incediary fuzes hidden throughout the empty buildings of Moscow set the city alight. For three days Moscow burns, while looters dodge the fires to plunder and pillage. And so beings '1812: Napoleon in M oscow', Paul Britten Austin's atmospheric 'word-film' presented through the testimony of more than 100 of the people who witnessed and took part in the campaign. A large proportion of these close-up accounts have never been seen in English bef o r e . " Rubbing on fore-edge of both boards. Dust jacket minor edge wrinkling, minor rubbing, soft crease on spine, three minor dints on rear panel. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 17.50 USD
MOSCOW AND LENINGRAD., Hurlimann, Martin.
2 Hurlimann, Martin. MOSCOW AND LENINGRAD.
Thames and Hudson, London, 1958, first British edition. 
136 pp, large 8vo (9 7/8" H), hard cover (medium brown cloth with gold lettering on spine, gold emblem on front board) - no dust jacket. B&w and colour photographs, b&w drawings. Contents: The Setting; The Reality; The Third Rome; The Early Days o f Moscow; Ivan the Terrible and the West; 'The Time of Troubles' and the First Romanov; The Founding of St Petersburg; St Petersburg's Imperial Court in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries; Napoleon in the Kremlin; The Old and the New C a p i t a l ; T he Golden Age of Russian Civilization; Enduring Traditions; The Revolution; Petrograd becomes Leningrad; Moscow as the Soviet Capital; Experiencing Present-Day Moscow; Trips in the Environs of Moscow; Leningrad; The Summer Residence s of t he T sa rs ; A potheosis Below the Ground. Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, one small corner bump, shallow bump at top edge of front board. Very Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
STALIN: THE HISTORY OF A DICTATOR., Hyde, H. Montgomery.  (Stalin.)
3 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
Macmillan, New York, (1973), Ist edition. 
265 pp, 8vo (8 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photos. "On the night of June 21, 1944, the Luftwaffe attacked the American air base at Poltava. Unchallenged by the Red Air Force (who were to have provided all air defense), the Germans bombed the field for more than an hour, damaging or destroying more than sixty B-17s, along with virtually the entire supply of fuel, ammunition, and material at Poltava. Why did this tragedy occur? Infield has unearthed evidence that it probably happened on orders from the Kremlin. Stalin, he maintains, was looking not toward the immediate goal of defeating the Axis powers, but toward his own long-range plans for world domination: the Soviet dictator saw 'Operation Franti c' a s a wa y of ma ki ng U.S. forces look impotent, while still making possible the continued flow of American military equipment and know-how. As a result, the hard work of many courageous and resourceful men - captured in Infield's astute character sketches and vivid combat narratives - was largely wasted...(Infield also writes that) the Poltava affair was a clear warning of the rigid polarization that would mark the post-war world." Previous owner's name inked out on free front endpaper. Dust jacket is price clipped, light to moderate edge wear, a few small closed tears - some with creases, 1 1/2" x 1/4" chip at top of rear panel, very slight fading to spine, light rubbing, crease down front flap, stain at bottom inside edge of spine. VG/ G 
Price: 10.00 USD
Halifax, West Yorkshire Shelf Books 2000 189976500X / 9781899765003 Reprint Soft Cover Very Good+ 
164 pp, 8 1/8" H. "How would the history of the world have differed had Stalin perished at the hands of an assassin? Not at the hands of a German but of a patriotic Russian who, like General Andrei Vlasov and hundreds of thousands of others, loathed the Bolshevik regime and the Georgian dictator enough to welcome the Wehrmacht as liberators. Not only love of Russia, but a passionate need to avenge the atrocities inflicted on his family drove Lt Feodor Makhailovich Savrin to volunteer for the mission, calmly accepting the certain fate of torture and death. Although the operation was doomed from the outset - betrayed by a highly-placed 'mole' in the SS - Savrin penetrated the Kremlin's security and lay in wait for Stalin to pass by. As his target came into view, he took aim and fired - ." Military fiction by a well-known military historian. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, one tiny corner crease on rear cover, small very faint sticker mark. 
Price: 20.00 USD
6 Morelli, Marcello, editor. (Maria Luisa Moncassoli Tibone, Salvatore Ciro Nappo, Milena Ercole Pozzoli, Giuseppe Mazzocchi, Michael Leech, Maria Longhena, Paola Calore, Heidi Bocker, Peter Kristiansen, Frantisek Kadlec, Thomas Thiis-Evensen, et al. THE WORLD'S GREATEST ROYAL PALACES. INCLUDING THE ROYAL PALACES OF OSLO, STOCKHOLM AND COPENHAGEN.
Grange, Hoo, Rochester, 2000. 
304 pp, folio (14 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1840133732 Profusely illustrated in colour. "Built to astonish and to celebrate the magnificence of the most powerful families in the world, royal palaces and houses are the consequences of an age in which the splendor and opulence of a prince or a people could be measured by the decor of a salon, by the grandeur of a building or the originality of a fountain. Suspended between the sky and the earth, as occurred in the Far East, or solidly rooted to the ground, as was the norm in Europe, the house of the monarch has alwys been the meeting point of two minds: that of the master, who saw in his house the expression of his power and creativity, and that of the architect a n d t e a m s of craftsmen who built it for him, often creating a noble monument rather than a place to live....This book tells of the mysteries and legends of the buildings and the official and secret versions of the history of their occupants. T he t e xt i s co mplemented by a series of splendid photographs that together offer the reader a visit through space and time to the most famous palaces of the world where the lives of royal families and their courts burned bright and where bea uty mi xed w ith po we r." Palaces covered: Royal Palace of Turin; Royal Palace of Caserta; Royal Palace of Versailles, Castle of Chambord; Castle of Fontainebleau; Alhambra; Escorial; Royal Palace of Queluz; Buckingham Palace; Hampton Court; C astl e of Bru sse ls; Het Loo Pal ace; Castle of Neuschwanstein; Castle of Charlottenburg; Sans Souci; Schonbrunn; Esterhaza; Castle of Prague; Palace of Wilanow; Rosenborg; Royal Palace in Oslo; Royal Palace in Stockholm; Kremlin; Karskoe Selo; P eterh of; T opkap i Pa lace ; Am ber Fort; Red Fort in Delhi; Forbidden City; Royal Palace in Bangkok. Small bump to three corners and to top/bottom of rear hinge. Dust jacket has light wear at corners and top/bottom of hinges, wrinkling at top/b ottom of spi ne and flap -fold s. V ery Good/V ery Good 
Price: 75.00 USD
VISA TO RUSSIA., Newman, Bernard.
7 Newman, Bernard. VISA TO RUSSIA.
Herbert Jenkins, London, 1959, first edition. 
244 pp, 8vo (8 11/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs, maps. At the time of the author's tour, visits to Russia were carefully orchestrated affairs, watched over by government officials. "But what if you go as a private individual? Bernard Newman determined to find the answer to this question during the summer of (1958), and his account of his lone pilgrimage makes a fascinating book of the first importance. By simple devices at the disposal of any tourist he went m o r e o r l ess where he pleased, had dozens of conversations with ordinary people and enjoyed the hospitality of many a Russian home. Once the barrier of suspicion was penetrated, he found the Russians as friendly as the people of most other g re at n at i on s. H is meetings with them were disarmingly informal and quite the contrary to common experience. Then he was arrested, and he saw at first hand the police state at work. He saw something of the power of the Communist party lead er, of th eir d isr ega r d f or truth, of individual freedom, of human rights. It was a grim experience, and was in marked and sombre contrast to his earlier friendly encounters with the Man-in-the-Street. (This) is a balanced and trustworthy pict ure of a nat ion liv ing un der Communism, an existence which has been variously described by other writers as heaven, or as hell. In his description of it Bernard Newman has not fallen into the pitfalls of extremes. Instead, he has set asi de pr ejud ice a nd in an objec tive an d no n-political account tells us precisely what he saw and did." Top edge dye has migrated to top fore-edge of last 6 pages, tiny light stain on bottom of textblock, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, small book store label on f ront p asted own, mino r bump at bottom of front board. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, very light rubbing, light browning. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 20.00 USD
Sidgwick & Jackson, London, 1991, first edition. 
343 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0283060603 B&w photographs. "Dirty tricks - actions carried out surreptitiously to inflict damage - are the lifeblood of the secrets world and have a far greater impact on the lives of ordinary people than commonly imagined. From the MI5 plot against Wilson to the Iraqi oil-pipe super-gun, 'dirty tricks' have recently dominated the headlines: and in the exciting new era of East-West relations they are a growth industry. T h e W i l son years were a piping period for dirty tricks, both real and imagined, but the Thatcher reign is also having its share: since Gorbachev came to power the KGB's dirty tricks department has never been so active. In his long career Cha p ma n Pi n ch er h as been associated with many dirty tricks and confesses to deliberate involvement in some of them. His latest book is an up-to-date study of the activities of master dirty tricksters from Wilson's 'Rasputin', through Peter Wri gh t an d Sir M aur ice Ol dfield to Gorbachev's army of 'techno-bandits', now using every underhand ruse to secure the Western technology which the Kremlin so desperately needs. It ranges through assassinations, character assassinations, defect ors w ho n ev er w ere , bl ackm ail through sex, betrayals and deceptions of staggering ingenuity. With access to documents and new information Chapman Pincher is able to reveal the real truth about the Wallace Affair, the plot against Lord Roths chil d, and a sc ore o f ot her m yster ies. Examining the impact of the new East-West situation on the world's secret services he explains why dirty tricks will continue to prosper and exert their impact on history." Very light soiling mark at bott om of fre e fr ont en dpape r, fai nt cig arett e odor, small light watermark on rear board. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light rubbing. VG/VG 
Price: 25.00 USD
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
Washington Brassey's 1990 0080374506 / 9780080374505 3rd Edition, Revised. Hard Cover Fine Very Good+ 
246 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). "Besides providing a concise and readable analysis of Cuba's development since the landing of Columbus, (the author) speculates on Cuba's future role in hemispheric affairs, in southern Africa, and among the dwindling communist nations of the world. Special attention is paid to the causes, evolution, and direction of the Castro revolution and, of course, to Cuba's tense relationship with the United States. From the rule of the Spanish to the overthrow of Batista to Castro's present difficulties with a changing Kremlin, (this book) goes beyond a mere description of important events. With an engaging style that brings an exciting history to life, it provides a detailed and sophisticated understanding of the Cuba of yesterday, today, and tomorrow." Dust jacket has very light rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD

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