"What emerges from reading the entries is not only a vivid account
of the events in the individuals' lives but also details of the
changing political, social, and economic conditions, with their
ramifications, in Russia and her satellites during the twentieth
century....[It contains] a refreshing blend of alternative subjects
and provides a spotlight on many familiar names and events about
which little has previously been collected in this format. Although
the publication tends to focus primarily on the Communist
influences in Russia during the twentieth century, it does contain
a refreshing blend of alternative subjects and provides a spotlight
on many familiar names and events about which little has previously
been collected in this format. Scholars and laypersons alike will
find it informative and convenient to use. Recommended for college
and public libraries...."
"Suitable for collections serving nonspecialists."
"[A] handy desktop guide, particularly for the novice or intermediate user, of the key personalities of Russian politics and society in the twentieth century. ...Naturally, in a book of this length, only the leading figures can be represented, but given that preimposed limitation, the author has done a good job of compiling a relatively comprehensive list. ... its timeliness, comprehensive perspective, and fresh style, should make it a welcome addition ...."
-College & Research Libraries, March 1998