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Russia-Ukraine Crisis

Below are books and a link to audiobooks that provide historical context for the unfolding Russia-Ukraine re-invasion and war. With increased interest on this subject, some books are currently backordered and waiting for publisher reprints. However you can find quite a few of them available now as audiobooks on Libro.fm. See them here.

Thank you to Henrikas Bliudzius for compiling much of this list and sharing it in his LitHub article.

The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine By Serhii Plokhy Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781541675643
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Basic Books - May 25th, 2021

Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine By Anne Applebaum Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780804170888
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor - September 4th, 2018

Borderland: A Journey Through the History of Ukraine By Anna Reid Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780465055890
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Basic Books - June 9th, 2015

Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster By Adam Higginbotham Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781501134630
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - February 4th, 2020

Lessons From The Edge: A Memoir By Marie Yovanovitch Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780358457541
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - March 15th, 2022

Here, Right Matters: An American Story By Alexander Vindman Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780063079427
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Harper - August 3rd, 2021

Manual for Survival: An Environmental History of the Chernobyl Disaster By Kate Brown Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780393357769
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 17th, 2020

Ukraine: What Everyone Needs to Know(r) By Serhy Yekelchyk Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780197532119
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - October 1st, 2020

Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin's Russia By Joshua Yaffa Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781524760601
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown - May 4th, 2021

Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice By Bill Browder Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781476755748
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - October 20th, 2015

From Russia with Blood: The Kremlin's Ruthless Assassination Program and Vladimir Putin's Secret War on the West By Heidi Blake Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316417242
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Mulholland Books - November 24th, 2020

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The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America By Timothy Snyder Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525574477
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown - April 9th, 2019

Ukraine's Maidan, Russia's War: A Chronicle and Analysis of the Revolution of Dignity By Mychailo Wynnyckyj, Serhii Plokhy (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Mychailo Wynnyckyj, Serhii Plokhy (Foreword by)
$48.00
ISBN: 9783838213279
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Ibidem Press - September 30th, 2019

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The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin By Masha Gessen Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781594486517
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - March 5th, 2013

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Surviving Autocracy By Masha Gessen Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593332245
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - June 1st, 2021

The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia By Masha Gessen Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781594634543
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - October 2nd, 2018

A Short History of Russia: How the World's Largest Country Invented Itself, from the Pagans to Putin By Mark Galeotti Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781335145703
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hanover Square Press - July 7th, 2020

Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe By Serhii Plokhy Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781541617070
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Basic Books - March 10th, 2020

Putin's People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took On the West By Catherine Belton Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250787323
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - May 3rd, 2022

In Wartime: Stories from Ukraine By Tim Judah Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780451495471
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Tim Duggan Books - October 11th, 2016

The Ukrainians: Unexpected Nation By Andrew Wilson Cover Image
$26.35
ISBN: 9780300217254
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Yale University Press - November 24th, 2015

This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality By Peter Pomerantsev Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781541762121
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: PublicAffairs - May 26th, 2020

Navalny: Putin's Nemesis, Russia's Future? By Jan Matti Dollbaum, Morvan Lallouet, Ben Noble Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780197611708
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - September 1st, 2021

Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped By Garry Kasparov Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781610397193
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: PublicAffairs - November 8th, 2016

The Compatriots: The Brutal and Chaotic History of Russia's Exiles, Émigrés, and Agents Abroad By Andrei Soldatov, Irina Borogan Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781541730168
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: PublicAffairs - October 8th, 2019

The Red Web: The Kremlin's Wars on the Internet By Andrei Soldatov, Irina Borogan Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781610399579
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: PublicAffairs - August 22nd, 2017

All the Kremlin's Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin By Mikhail Zygar Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781568588179
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: PublicAffairs - November 7th, 2017

The Vory: Russia's Super Mafia By Mark Galeotti Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780300243208
Availability: Backordered
Published: Yale University Press - May 28th, 2019

The New Cold War: Putin's Russia and the Threat to the West By Edward Lucas Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781137280039
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
(Please note: This book cannot be returned.)
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - July 29th, 2014

How to Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News, and the Future of Conflict By Nina Jankowicz Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780755642083
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: I. B. Tauris & Company - September 23rd, 2021

The Shadow in the East: Vladimir Putin and the New Baltic Front By Aliide Naylor Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781788312523
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: I. B. Tauris & Company - January 23rd, 2020

A Very Expensive Poison: The Assassination of Alexander Litvinenko and Putin's War with the West By Luke Harding Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101973998
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Vintage - January 24th, 2017

The Long Hangover: Putin's New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past By Shaun Walker Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780190058845
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - October 1st, 2019

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin By Timothy Snyder Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781541600065
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Basic Books - April 26th, 2022

Putin's People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took On the West By Catherine Belton Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250787323
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - May 3rd, 2022

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House of Trump, House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia By Craig Unger Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781524743512
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Dutton - September 3rd, 2019

American Kompromat: How the KGB Cultivated Donald Trump, and Related Tales of Sex, Greed, Power, and Treachery By Craig Unger Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593182543
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Published: Dutton - January 18th, 2022

Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers By Andy Greenberg Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525564638
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Published: Anchor - October 20th, 2020