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  • This is terrific - and an amazing achievement to cover so much ground in such a short and wonderfully readable book.

    Peter Frankopan
  • An informative, perceptive and exhilarating canter through 1,000 tumultuous years

    The Spectator
  • Highly recommended, even if you are no novice when it comes to Russian history. Mark sets the golden standard for engaging prose, too.

    Dimitar Bechev, Fellow of the Atlantic Council Europe Centre, Oxford University

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