Russian Roulette: Review

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I found this book to be a greatly fascinating and engaging read. I haven’t read much on Russia, so this was a fascinating historical read for me.

The book tells the history of the Russian Revolution around 1917 and the role that British spies played in thwarting that revolution. The author gives a good amount of background information to the reader before really getting into the particulars of the revolution. This allows a reader who is unfamiliar with Russia’s history to get acquainted with the basics before the really important information is tossed at them. Prior to reading this book, I had heard Lenin’s name but really didn’t have much idea as to who he was and what his importance in global/Russian history was. This book introduced me to Lenin right at the start, allowing me to have a little bit of background information about why he was important up until the revolution before giving me information about his impact in the revolution.

The information in this book is completely fascinating. Who doesn’t love spy stories? Not only is this a story about spies, but it’s a true story about spies and their role in thwarting the Russian Revolution. This book talks about everything the spies had to understand- from secret codes and invisible inks to cool gadgets and firearms. This book would be the perfect read for anyone interested in information on spies.

The authors writing style was really quite pleasant. It seems that lately I’ve been reading non-fiction books where the writing is either extremely academic or just generally confusing to read. This author writes in a style that is easy to understand and enjoyable to read. The author does a fantastic job of writing in a manner that is easy for the general reader to understand but not too easy that the experienced, technical non-fiction reader will get bored with it. I would definitely be interested in reading more works by this author because he writes in such an engaging style, drawing the reader into the text and not letting them go until the end.

Overall, I would have to say that this is one of the better nonfiction books that I have read in awhile. The information was fascinating and the author writes in an engaging and informative style. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in spies or Russian history, it is definitely a book that’s worth your time.

I received this book for review purposes via NetGalley.

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5 thoughts on “Russian Roulette: Review

    Coffeehouse Book Blog said:
    March 5, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    This sounds like an interesting book. I am going to have to add it to my giant “to read” list. Thanks for the insightful review.

    Matthew said:
    March 6, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    You’ve about sold me on this one. Is his documentation good?

      echooutside responded:
      March 6, 2014 at 8:15 PM

      Yeah, everything seems really solid!

        Matthew said:
        March 6, 2014 at 8:16 PM

        Cool. Thanks!

    FictionFan said:
    March 9, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    The writing style makes all the difference in factual books. This sounds like a really interesting read – thanks for highlighting it. 🙂

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