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A Closer Look at Ukraine


For greater insight into the culture and complicated history of Ukraine, we present these titles.


Ukrainian Phrasebook & Dictionary

Planet Lonely, Marko Pavlyshyn

With Lonely Planet's Ukrainian Phrasebook, let no barriers - language or culture - get in your way. Grab this phrasebook and drop into Lviv, the pulsating heart of Ukraine, take in the holy monastery of Kyevo-Pecherska Lavra in Kyiv, or hike, bi

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Lonely Planet Eastern Europe

Mark Baker

This edition includes Kaliningrad for the first time, alongside Albania and Macedonia and covers all of Eastern Europe. Regional itineraries offer a mix of classic and less travelled routes. Maps are included throughout

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Putin's War Against Ukraine

Taras Kuzio

The West has woken up to the uncomfortable fact that Russia has long believed it is at war with them, the most egregious example of which is Vladimir Putin's hacking of the US elections. For Western governments, used to believing in the post-Col

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War in 140 Characters

David Patrikarakos

A leading foreign correspondent looks at how social media has transformed the modern battlefield, and how wars are fought Modern warfare is a war of narratives, where bullets are fired both physically and virtually. Whether you are a president or a t

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Words for War

Oksana Maksymchuk, Max Rosochinsky

The poems collected in this volume engage with the events and experiences of war, reflecting on the themes of alienation, loss, dislocation, and disability; as well as justice, heroism, courage, resilience, generosity, and forgiveness. The anthology

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I'll Never Change My Name

Valentin Chmerkovskiy

"Val embodies what it means to live the American dream." — Robin Roberts, Good Morning America Valentin Chmerkovskiy, the world championship-winning and beloved Dancing with the Stars ballroom dancer invites fans into his life as never be

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Beginner Pysanky: Ukrainian Easter Eggs

Lorrie Popow, Donna Wolfe

Lorrie Popow and Donna Wolfe have loved the art of pysanky since both of them have been children. This book is a step-by-step tutorial on how to create the beautiful egg art that originated in Ukraine a very long time ago. Text, illustrations, and fu

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Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future

Kate Brown

A chilling exposé of the international effort to minimize the health and environmental consequences of nuclear radiation in the wake of Chernobyl. Dear Comrades! Since the accident at the Chernobyl power plant, there has been a detailed analysis of

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Ukraine: What Everyone Needs to Know

Serhy Yekelchyk

This volume is an updated edition of Serhy Yekelchyk's 2015 publication, The Conflict in Ukraine. It addresses Ukraine's relations with the West from the perspective of Ukrainians. It looks at what we know about alleged Ukrainian interferen

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Ukraine and Russia

Paul D'Anieri

D'Anieri explores the dynamics within Ukraine, between Ukraine and Russia, and between Russia and the West, that emerged with the collapse of the Soviet Union and eventually led to war in 2014. Proceeding chronologically, this book shows how Ukr

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Silence Is the Sound of Fear

Moritz Küstner

In March 2014, Vladimir Putin signed an agreement that declared Crimea to be a part of the Russian Federation. The annexation of the peninsula was preceded by a controversial referendum, and neither the referendum nor the annexation have so far been

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I Want You to Know We're Still Here

Esther Safran Foer

Esther Safran Foer grew up in a home where the past was too terrible to speak of. The child of parents who were each the sole survivors of their respective families, for Esther the Holocaust loomed in the backdrop of daily life, felt but never discus

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Anatomy of a Genocide

Omer Bartov

“A substantive contribution to the history of ethnic strife and extreme violence” (The Wall Street Journal) and a cautionary examination of how genocide can take root at the local level—turning neighbors, friends, and family against one another

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Red Famine

Anne Applebaum

"From the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gulag and the National Book Award finalist Iron Curtain, a revelatory history of one of Stalin's greatest crimes--the consequences of which still resonate today. In 1929 Stalin launched his pol

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Summer Kitchens

Olia Hercules

Olia Hercules owes some of her earliest and fondest memories to the 'summer kitchens' of her parents, grandparents, neighbours and friends in Ukraine. These small buildings are separate from the main house, and always positioned near a frui

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Beyond Borscht

Tatyana Nesteruk

Authentic Recipes for the Hearty, Comforting Foods of Eastern Europe Bring the warming, fresh and savory flavors of Ukraine, Russia, Poland and beyond into your kitchen with this beautiful and personal collection of family recipes passed down through

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Mamushka

Olia Hercules

The Ukrainian-born chef presents “a gorgeous love letter to the food of her homeland” with this vibrant and varied collection of recipes (SAVEUR). In Mamushka, Olia Hercules takes readers and home cooks on a culinary tour of Eastern Europe—from

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The Gates of Europe

Serhii Plokhy

A New York Times bestseller, this definitive history of Ukraine is “an exemplary account of Europe’s least-known large country” (Wall Street Journal). As Ukraine is embroiled in an ongoing struggle with Russia to preserve its territorial integr

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Lessons from the Edge

Marie Yovanovitch

An inspiring and urgent memoir by the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine—a pioneering diplomat who spent her career advancing democracy in the post-Soviet world, and who electrified the nation by speaking truth to power during the first impeachment

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Midnight in Chernobyl

Adam Higginbotham

Early in the morning of April 26, 1986, Reactor Number Four of the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station exploded, triggering history’s worst nuclear disaster. In the thirty years since then, Chernobyl has become lodged in the collective nightmares of th

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