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FORMER PEOPLE: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

When the Bolshevik Revolution came in 1917, the new order began transforming aristocrats into paupers, exiles and corpses—a transformation that consumed decades.Smith, a former U.S. diplomat and authority on the Soviets and author of several previous works (The Pearl: A Tale of Forbidden Love in Catherine the Great's Russia, 2008, etc.), takes a different approach to revolutionary history ... Read full review

Review: Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com

Epic in scope, precise in detail, and heartbreaking in its human drama, FORMER PEOPLE is the first book to recount the history of the aristocracy caught up in the maelstrom of the Bolshevik Revolution and the creation of Stalin's Russia. It is the story of how a centuriesold elite, famous for its glittering wealth, its service to the tsar and empire, and its promotion of the arts and culture, was ... Read full review

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