Book by Corona, Laurel
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Gr 9 Up-In her introduction, Corona articulates well the aspirations and failures of the communist system in the Soviet Union and the challenges facing Russia today. She then gives a lucid presentation of the background of the Russian Revolution. A survey of the Soviet Union from its founding in 1922 to its collapse in 1991 focuses mainly on Stalin, Khrushchev, Brezhnev, and Gorbachev with an emphasis on domestic issues. One odd omission is even a mention of World War II in the section on Stalin. However, an eloquent description of Shostakovich's concert during the Siege of Leningrad begins the chapter on arts and entertainment. There are also chapters on the economy, politics, and daily life. A few minor errors appear in these sections. It is incorrect to suggest that communal apartments were "encouraged by Communist leaders" because it "made spying on one's neighbors easier," when they were due to severe housing shortages. A map of the former Soviet republics, now independent countries, is mislabeled "Russian Republics." The writing and selection of examples to illustrate points are generally good, and interesting sidebars focus on topics related to the narrative. The black-and-white illustrations are serviceable. Michael Kort's Russia (Facts On File, 1995) is a more comprehensive study, but Corona's book is a good, short introduction to the Russian Federation.
Elizabeth Talbot, University of Illinois, Champaign
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Gr. 6-12. According to Corona, historians cite Russia's two major political upheavals as the most influential world events of the twentieth century. In a fascinating book, she shares details about those pivotal confrontations, the internal disintegration of the former Soviet empire, and the country's complex, tenuous new political structure. The text moves chronologically from 1917 when the Romanovs were overthrown, then brutally murdered, through today's struggle with very different problems. Interspersed throughout the chapters are anecdotes and slivers of history that flesh out the text. Like other books in the Former Soviet Republics series, this one has black-and-white illustrations, source notes, a chronology, and further readings. Roger Leslie
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Book Description Lucent, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX156006675X