• Towards the Flame

  • Empire, War and the End of Tsarist Russia
  • By: Dominic Lieven
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 05-28-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 3.0 (1 rating)

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Publisher's Summary

The Russian decision to mobilize in July 1914 may have been the single most catastrophic choice of the modern era. Some articulate, thoughtful figures around the tsar understood Russia's fragility, yet they were shouted down by those who were convinced that despite Germany's patent military superiority, Russian greatness required decisive action.
Russia's rulers thought they were acting to secure their future, but in fact - after millions of deaths and two revolutions - they were consigning their entire class to death or exile and their country to a uniquely terrible generations-long experiment under a very different regime.
©2015 Dominic Lieven (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
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By Amazon Customer on 06-09-15

You must listen to the final chapter

Would you listen to Towards the Flame again? Why?

There is so much detail that you have to revisit many chapters to ensure you have a grasp of the narrative that is unfolding.

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I cannot recommend too highly this book to anyone with an interest in 20th century world history. Having read several books dealing with the events leading to the outbreak of the 1st world war, I was engrossed by the presentaltion from a Russian perspective.Half way through I had to break off to revisit Misha Gennie's excellent Balkan history to refresh myself on Balkan politics 1900-1914.<br/>I hope all politicians read the author's final chapter, which is thought provoking and certainly puts the current Ukraine crisis into a broader historical context.

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By Mr. on 09-10-15

Really terrific, but not a primer for this subject

I loved this book. It's clever, articulate and hugely informative, and it's beautifully narrated by the experienced and highly skilled Sean Barrett. I found the detailed analysis of the period very stimulating and not at all intimidating in its depth and breadth, but while not describing myself as an expert on the period, I did have a fairly good grounding in the main events of the time. My one caveat would be that it's probably not the best introductory book for this area of interest, but if you do have a rough grounding in its themes it will be a most rewarding listen.

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By Shane on 05-29-16

Different Perspective

The reason I liked this book so much was the fact that it focused on something other than the western front. Don't get me wrong, I love "Guns of August", but it is fantastic to hear a well written book about something that I previously knew nothing about.

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