New Books Network

David Stahel, “Retreat from Moscow: A New History of Germany’s Winter Campaign, 1941-1942” (FSG, 2019)
Germany’s winter campaign of 1941–1942 is commonly seen as the Wehrmacht’s first defeat. In Retreat from Moscow: A New History of Germany’s Winter Campaign, 1941-1942 (FSG, 2019), David Stahel argues that it was in fact their first strategic success in the east. The mismanaged Soviet Counteroffensive became a phyrric victory as... Read More
Shoshana Keller, “Russia and Central Asia: Coexistence, Conquest, Convergence” (U Toronto Press, 2019)
Shoshana Keller’s new book, Russia and Central Asia: Coexistence, Conquest, Convergence (University of Toronto Press, 2019) provides an excellent introduction and overview of the history of Central Asia, from roughly the 14th century to the present. Focused on the territory of contemporary Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan, this book... Read More
Aleksandr Dugin, “Political Platonism: The Philosophy of Politics” (Arktos, 2019)
Aleksandr Dugin’s Political Platonism: The Philosophy of Politics (Arktos, 2019) offers a seminal analysis of the contemporary philosophical crisis from one of the best-known writers and political commentators in post-Soviet Russia. Through a series of essays, course transcripts, and a single long interview—each remarkable for the depth of its learning and... Read More
Steve Vogel, “Betrayal in Berlin: The True Story of the Cold War’s Most Audacious Espionage Operation” (Custom House, 2019)
In his new book Betrayal in Berlin: The True Story of the Cold War’s Most Audacious Espionage Operation (Custom House, 2019), Steve Vogel tells the astonishing true story of the Berlin Tunnel, one of the West’s greatest espionage operations of the Cold War—and the dangerous Soviet mole who betrayed it.... Read More
Loretta E. Kim, “Ethnic Chrysalis: China’s Orochen People and the Legacy of Qing Borderland Administration” (Harvard Asia Center, 2019)
Ethnic Chrysalis: China’s Orochen People and the Legacy of Qing Borderland Administration (Harvard Asia Center, 2019) is the first monograph published in English on the early modern history of the Orochen, an ethnic group that has inhabited northeast Asia for centuries. Since the seventeenth century, the Orochen has settled in... Read More
Darra Goldstein, “Beyond the North Wind: Russia in Recipes and Lore” (Random House, 2020)
If you are even remotely interested in Russian cuisine, you probably have an oil-stained, batter-spattered copy of the 1983 classic cookbook, A Taste of Russia, by Darra Goldstein lurking on your shelves. You might also have Goldstein’s award-winning Fire + Ice, her masterful exploration of Nordic cuisine, or the authoritative... Read More
Richard Pomfret, “The Central Asian Economies in the Twenty-First Century” (Princeton UP, 2019)
Richard Pomfret’s The Central Asian Economies in the Twenty-First Century (Princeton University Press, 2019) looks at the economies of the five former Soviet Republics of Kazkahstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, considering the different trajectories of each of the countries. The book provides an overview of the experience of these... Read More