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The Industrialisation of Soviet Russia, Volume 1: The Socialist Offensive: The Collectivisation of Soviet Agriculture, 1929-1930
Robert William Davies
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The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914
Richard J. Evans
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Young Wilhelm: The Kaiser's Early Life, 1859-1888
John C. G. Röhl
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Survival in Auschwitz - Primo Levi, Stuart J. Woolf, Philip Roth

This is the most profound meditation on human suffering that I have ever read. I wasn't expecting this when I started it; I thought it would be a fairly straightforward account of Primo Levi's time in the concentration camps. This is definitely the focus of the book, but Levi uses it to consider the ways in which people face and overcome the depths of misery. It adds greatly to the power of the book, offering a perspective on life that relatively few of us have ever had to experience -- which, based on his description, is something for which we should be extraordinarily grateful.