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From Munich to Geneva

This week I wasted two hours of my life on a terrible new film called “Munich: The Edge of War.” It is based on a best-selling novel by Robert Harris. Now the problem with Robert…


Review: Kronstadt, 1921, by Paul Avrich

It’s been a half century since Paul Avrich’s definitive history of the Kronstadt mutiny first appeared — and a full century since the revolt itself. Others have written about how “Red Kronstadt”, whose sailors had…



The real “Money Heist”

The hit Netflix series La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) tells the story of two spectacular robberies. One involved the seizure and occupation of the Spanish Mint (where paper currency is printed). The other took…



Review: Black Sun, by Owen Matthews

Owen Matthews knows the Soviet Union. First of all, he was born in Leningrad. He went on to become a journalist there, serving as Newsweek’s Moscow correspondent for years. He wrote an excellent biography of…


Review: The Kronstadt Uprising, by Ida Mett

If you’re looking for a short book about the 1921 rebellion of the Kronstadt sailors against the Bolshevik dictatorship, this is not a bad place to start. Written from an activist rather than an academic…



Review: Lucky, by Alice Sebold

Alice Sebold is a terrific writer and this book proves it. A memoir of her rape at a time when she was a young student at Syracuse University, it begins with a harrowing and honest…