Bringing something new to the table is important. On the international side, these are great titles to gain context and a deeper understanding of Eastern Europe:
Journey for Our Time: The Russian Journals of the Marquis de Custine
Marquis de Custine
The best book I’ve ever read about Russia – a revelation. If you will only read one book about the region, read this one.
The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia
Great history of Eurasia. Read it.
Gulag: A History
A key point in understanding why Russians think the way they do.
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