Russia: The Olympics…and so much more!
In honor of the Winter Olympics currently taking place in Sochi, Russia, we present a list featuring classic Russian literature, Russian history books, and titles related to the Olympic Games. With this culmination of Russian background and Olympics know-how, your literary guide to this monumental event will be complete! Furthermore, with transitions from classic fictional literature to fact-based texts to DVD and MP3 options, readers are sure to remain engaged and interested in pursuing new titles while browsing this list. View the entire list here.
With Wallechinsky’s vast knowledge of the Olympics and his knack for trivia, he has written a book of 150 unexpected lists dedicated to the games. Between the eight slowest Olympic competitors and the 12 strangest sports ever contested, readers will be intrigued by the unknown and unusual featured in this text. Never has this traditional sporting event seemed so bizarre in this alternative history of the Olympics. Learn more and order here.
Catherine the Great is a crucial figure in Russian history and her story is portrayed beautifully by Robert K. Massie. Through her struggle for power, the reader learns how Catherine the Great tried to integrate Russia into European culture and the modern world. Personally, she was involved with multiple lovers all while managing court intrigue and war. Learn more and order here.
When one thinks of classic Russian literature, Doctor Zhivago is sure to top their list. In this masterpiece, Boris Pasternak combines a gripping love triangle amidst the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. While war and politics surround Zhivago’s everyday life, he finds solace in family and his love, Lara, who is also pursued by the revolutionary Strelnikov. Learn more and order here.
This photography book goes beyond stunning images of the actual Olympic Games by delving into Olympic site maps, a Winter Olympics almanac, and short references for each athlete featured. Immerse yourself in the epic beauty of the majesty of the games, the performances of the athletes, and the cultural component of each Winter Olympics while flipping through the pages of Freeze Frame. Learn more