Monthly Archives: August 2009

The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia by Orlando Figes

I’ve read a few books by Orlando Figes, esp. Natasha’s Dance, which had had a big impact on me. I’m also very interested in the Stalinist purges and the Gulag.

I read this on holiday in northern Spain (Graus) with my family and my good friends.

Mellon: An American Life by David Cannadine

I read a review of the book which interested me, I had also read a biography of Carnegie, so rampant capitalism in 19th century Pittsburgh interested me. It was all readable.

The history of the art collection was not something I was aware of and the connection with Frick (also an art collector). The art sales of the masters from the Hermitage museum by the Bolsheviks was pretty amazing.

I read this on holiday travelling to Spain. I remember sitting outside a tent at a great campsite near Limoges reading it.