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St Petersburg - Further reading
Further reading on St Petersburg
For a quick coverage, A Traveller's History of the USSR and Russia by Peter Neville is quite a good read, and it's good on pre-Gorbachev Russia. An excellent history of the Soviet period from start to finish is in Robert Service's A History of Twentieth-Century Russia.
Robert K Massie's Peter the Great: His Life and World is a great book on the history of St Petersburg's founder.
Pushkin's Button by Serena Vitale absorbingly recounts the tale of the writer/poet's fatal duel.
The most comprehensive book available on St Petersburg's contribution to the world of art is Solomon Volkov's St Petersburg: A Cultural History.
Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of a Thousand Years of Artistic Life in Russia by W Bruce Lincoln is a fascinating in-depth history of arts and artists in Russia, ranging from religious icons to Soviet film makers. Its author also wrote Romanovs: Autocrats of All the Russias, a complete history of the Romanov dynasty.
Women's Glasnost vs Naglost by Tatyana Mamonova combines essays by this leader of the Russian women's movement with interviews from a cross-section of women in a country where wife-beating and abortion have reached horrific levels.