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The Crimean War

The Crimean War

A History

Orlando Figes

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Praise for The Crimean War

“Engrossing . . . In a book densely packed with incident, Figes highlights the influence of the press and the brutal casualties that the war produced . . . Could make a hardened war correspondent's blood run cold.” —The New Yorker

“Important and impressive . . . it is freshly informed by Russian sources, of which [Figes] is a master. . . . [The Crimean War] admirably narrates the saga in its international and religious setting.” —Max Hastings, New York Review of Books

“Meticulously researched . . . Comprehensive and compelling . . . Using a startling array of sources, from government records, news articles, and memoirs, to the letters of barely-literate soldiers, Figes deftly balances political, military, and social history . . . The chapters on the war itself are as gripping as an adventure novel . . . The Crimean War is an evisceration of war, a celebration of scholarship.” —Boston Globe

“Fascinating . . . Narrative history at its best, with patient unfolding of events unknown and forgotten--but that have consequences even today. A thoroughly impressive book.” —Kirkus, starred review

“A lucid, thoroughly satisfying, definitive history.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Narrated in fearsomely vivid detail and with analytical precision . . . Figes restores historical significance and human suffering to the conflict.” —Booklist

“A wonderful subject, on every level, and with Orlando Figes it has found the historian worthy of its width and depth.” —Norman Stone, Standpoint

“Figes' new work will remind readers of his gifts, keen judgment and mastery of sources.” —Max Hastings, The Sunday Times

“This is the only book on the Crimean War anyone could need. It is lucid, well-written, alive and sensitive. Above all, it tells us why this neglected conflict and its forgotten victims deserve our remembrance.” —Oliver Bullough, The Independent

“Figes is a first-class historian. . . an excellent guide to the vagaries of the battlefield and the suffering of the ordinary soldiers . . . and the extent to which this was a religious war.” —Dominic Sandbrook, The Daily Telegraph

“A fine, stirring account, expertly balancing analysis . . . with an impressive narrative across the vast panoramic sweep of the war.” —Mark Bostridge, Financial Times

“Excellent. . . I could not help but marvel at the many parallels with the present.” —Anne Applebaum, The Spectator

“A stellar historian. As ever, Figes mixes strong narrative pace, a grand canvas and compelling ideas about current geopolitical tensions.” —Tristram Hunt, The Observer

“Entertains as well as enlightens… With its account of combat in the Balkans and conflict in Iran, Afghanistan and Jerusalem, [The Crimean War] makes the modern reader blink with recognition.” —Angus Macqueen, The Guardian

“A complex tale, told vividly by Figes.” —The Economist

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About the author

Orlando Figes

Orlando Figes is the author of eight books on Russia that have been translated into twenty-seven languages; they include The Whisperers, A People’s Tragedy, Natasha’s Dance, and Just Send Me Word. A professor of history at Birkbeck, University of London and a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, Figes is the recipient of the Wolfon History Prize, the W. H. Smith Literary Award, the NCR Book Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, among others.

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