A Nasty Little War: The Western Intervention Into the Russian Civil War

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6.37 X 9.38 X 1.1 inches | 1.33 pounds

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About the Author
Anna Reid was Kyiv correspondent for the Economist and the Daily Telegraph from 1993 to 1995, and has since written about Ukraine for Foreign Affairs, the Observer, and the Times Literary Supplement. She is the author of Borderland, The Shaman's Coat, and Leningrad, which was published in eighteen languages and short-listed for the Duff Cooper Prize. She lives in London.
"A vivid and sparkling account, full of colour and dark drama."--Guardian
"A vivid critical assessment of Western meddling in foreign affairs."--Publishers Weekly
"Brilliantly depicts the disastrous failure of our intervention in the 'Russian' civil war. The atmosphere, the characters, the absurdity are all there."--Antony Beevor, New York Times-bestselling author of Stalingrad
"In witty, elegant prose, Reid uncovers the true story of the West's failed and forgotten attempt to reverse the Bolshevik revolution. Excellent."--Anne Applebaum, New York Times-bestselling author of Twilight of Democracy
"A compelling and meticulously researched account. Through its pages strut arrogant warlords, tsarist generals, Bolshevik revolutionaries and British and American military commanders; at stake, the future fate of Russia. With Putin's ongoing invasion of Ukraine--and the West's determination to see him defeated--A Nasty Little War is chillingly topical."--Giles Milton, author of Checkmate in Berlin
"Combining exemplary research, arresting anecdotes and elegant prose, Anna Reid's history of the Allied attempt to strangle the Bolshevik revolution in its cradle is that rare beast--an academically impeccable history book that is a pleasure to read."--Roger Moorhouse, author of Poland 1939
"A vivid and remarkably timely account of a Western intervention that we have largely forgotten, but the Kremlin has brooded on for more than a century."--Martin Sixsmith, New York Times-bestselling author of Philomena
"Superbly researched...Reid's prose is vivid and colourful...this hugely impressive but emotionally grueling book is essential reading."--Irish Independent
"An elucidating work of research that resonates amid another ongoing intervention involving Russia."--Kirkus
"Well-written and accessible."--The Past
"A bracing account...[Reid] is a skillful narrator with an eye for the telling anecdote."--Wall Street Journal
"A lively narrative."--Foreign Affairs
"Readers of A Nasty Little War will love the page-by-page experience...thanks to the clarity of Reid's account, [readers will] feel the failure of the Intervention coming almost from the first page."--Open Letters Review
"An excellent history...well-written narrative and mastery of complex material."--The Article
"One of the most complicated and oft-forgot foreign-policy failures of the 20th century, captivatingly retold in technicolor detail...excellent."--Foreign Policy