Top 50 Books on Russian History

Nicholas and Alexandra

Robert K. Massie | avg rating 4.25–46,995 ratings — published 1967

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

Robert K. Massie | avg rating 3.90–245,002 ratings — published 2011

A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891–1924

Orlando Figes | avg rating 4.27–9,909 ratings — published 1996

Peter the Great: His Life and World

Robert K. Massie | avg rating 4.21–26,440 ratings — published 1980

The Romanovs: The Final Chapter

Robert K. Massie | avg rating 4.07–11,603 ratings — published 1995

Gulag

Anne Applebaum | avg rating 4.19–18,459 ratings — published 2003

Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine, 1921–1933

Anne Applebaum | avg rating 4.39–3,493 ratings — published 2017

Natasha’s Dance: A Cultural History of Russia

Orlando Figes | avg rating 4.16–7,614 ratings — published 2002

Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar

Simon Sebag Montefiore | avg rating 4.20–11,169 ratings — published 2003

The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra

Helen Rappaport | avg rating 3.84–76,754 ratings — published 2014

Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire

Victor Sebestyen | avg rating 4.31–1,443 ratings — published 2009

The Romanovs: 1613–1918

Simon Sebag Montefiore | avg rating 4.03–34,609 ratings — published 2016

The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia

Orlando Figes | avg rating 4.16–6,167 ratings — published 2007

Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire

David Remnick | avg rating 4.17–7,954 ratings — published 1993

Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege, 1942–1943

Antony Beevor | avg rating 4.29–51,946 ratings — published 1998

The Last Days of the Romanovs: Tragedy at Ekaterinburg

Helen Rappaport | avg rating 4.03–9,296 ratings — published 2009

The Russian Revolution 1917–1932

Sheila Fitzpatrick | avg rating 3.66–2,258 ratings — published 1982

Young Stalin

Simon Sebag Montefiore | avg rating 4.14–6,057 ratings — published 2007

The Last Tsar: The Life and Death of Nicholas II

Edvard Radzinsky | avg rating 4.07–6,401 ratings — published 1992

Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy

Douglas Smith | avg rating 3.97–3,419 ratings — published 2012

Ten Days that Shook the World

John Reed | avg rating 3.99–7,044 ratings — published 1919

A History of Russia

Nicholas V. Riasanovsky | avg rating 3.99–1,283 ratings — published 1963

Alexandra: The Last Tsarina

Carolly Erickson | avg rating 3.96–2,671 ratings — published 2000

The Russian Revolution

Richard Pipes | avg rating 3.93–1,277 ratings — published 1990

Red Plenty: Inside the Fifties’ Soviet Dream

Francis Spufford | avg rating 4.08–4,626 ratings — published 2007

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

Timothy Snyder | avg rating 4.33–16,433 ratings — published 2010

Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster

Svetlana Alexievich | avg rating 4.44–22,335 ratings — published 1997

Revolutionary Russia, 1891–1991: A History

Orlando Figes | avg rating 3.97–2,643 ratings — published 2014

Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878–1928

Stephen Kotkin | avg rating 4.21–3,504 ratings — published 2014

The Great Terror: A Reassessment

Robert Conquest | avg rating 4.12–2,804 ratings — published 1968

The Crimean War: A History

Orlando Figes | avg rating 4.00–4,355 ratings — published 2010

The 900 Days: The Siege of Leningrad

Harrison E. Salisbury | avg rating 4.16–7,274 ratings — published 1969

The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-Famine

Robert Conquest | avg rating 4.10–2,189 ratings — published 1986

From Splendor to Revolution: The Romanov Women, 1847–1928

Julia P. Gelardi | avg rating 3.91–4,670 ratings — published 2011

When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler

David M. Glantz | avg rating 4.09–1,329 ratings — published 1995

Tsar: The Lost World of Nicholas and Alexandra

Peter Kurth | avg rating 4.24–6,300 ratings — published 1997

The Romanovs: Autocrats of All the Russias

W. Bruce Lincoln | avg rating 4.07–1,300 ratings — published 1981

Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944–1956

Anne Applebaum | avg rating 3.99–10,333 ratings — published 2012

Everyday Stalinism: Ordinary Life in Extraordinary Times: Soviet Russia in the 1930s

Sheila Fitzpatrick | avg rating 3.86–2,488 ratings — published 1999

The Fate of the Romanovs

Greg King | avg rating 4.07–2,149 ratings — published 2003

History of the Russian Revolution

Leon Trotsky | avg rating 4.21–4,887 ratings — published 1918

The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin

Masha Gessen | avg rating 3.80–10,239 ratings — published 2010

A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra: Their Own Story

Andrei Maylunas | avg rating 4.18–3,839 ratings — published 1996

Russia Under the Old Regime

Richard Pipes | avg rating 3.93–838 ratings — published 1974

Catherine the Great: Love, Sex, and Power

Virginia Rounding | avg rating 3.99–3,892 ratings — published 2006

Journey into the Whirlwind

Evgenia Ginzburg | avg rating 4.31–5,888 ratings — published 1967

October: The Story of the Russian Revolution

China Miéville | avg rating 3.95–5,852 ratings — published 2017

Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident

Donnie Eichar | avg rating 3.93–11,693 ratings — published 2013

Ivan’s War: Life and Death in the Red Army, 1939–1945

Catherine Merridale | avg rating 4.02–5,390 ratings — published 2005

Khrushchev: The Man and His Era

William Taubman | avg rating 4.01–2,369 ratings — published 2003

The Flight Of The Romanovs: A Family Saga

John Curtis Perry | avg rating 3.96–1,750 ratings — published 1999


Source: Data is collected from Goodreads.com

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