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Red Star Over Russia: A Visual History of the Soviet Union Hardcover – 24 Feb 2009

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing; 01 edition (24 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854376861
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854376862
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 3.5 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 834,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Through a combination of illustration and clear, accessible texts, King traces the development of polemical imagery in Russia from the simple effectiveness of a handbill distributed on the morning of the October Revolution in 1917 to the sophistication of the photo-montages of Alexander Rodchenko and Gustav Klutsis. The way that imagery was arrived at, manipulated and deployed in the service of the Revolution is explored using a wealth of examples.

About the Author

David King is the author of The Commissar Vanishes: The Falsification of Photographs and Art in Stalin's Russia (1997) and Ordinary Citizens: The Victims of Stalin (2003). He was art editor of The Sunday Times between 1965 and 1975 and is the owner of one of the world's pre-eminent collection of Russian artefacts.


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I studied Soviet history at university in the 70s, and had access to a wide range of material, but this book almost defies belief in the range and depth of archive material, much of which was unfamiliar to me, notably the scenes of mass starvation and cannibalism in the Ukraine during th early 1920s. The quality and sharpness of the photos is excellent, helping to bring to life a fascinating and brutal period of history. The commentary by the author is readable, lucid and thorough, and to my knowledge accurate. This is now my most cherished book.
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Dave King's legendary collection of graphic and photographic material from 20th Century Russia reflects his political and aesthetic position, held together by a huge personal commitment and journalistic and entrepreneurial nous of a rare order. Here, for the first time, he offers not only a huge array of breathtaking images of the upheavals that characterised Russia in this period, but where that passion came from. Every picture tells a compelling story - but Dave's comments and captions add the emotional tone and deepen the empathy. Look - and learn.
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Phenomenal images, great text, an absolute must for anyone interested in the USSR, more particularly the resurrection of Trotsky...awesome, heartbreaking and thought-provoking. Wow...
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