Over the course of the past year I've been reading history books on some of the larger countries in the world whose pasts I'm not terribly familiar with - India, Russia and now China - and I just finished reading Paul Bushkovitch's A Concise History of Russia: https://www.amazon.com/Concise-Hist...concise+history&qid=1561056094&s=books&sr=1-2 While one must always temper their expectations with single-volume histories covering an enormous amount of time and events, I found this book a little disappointing. While it's understandable that the book would begin with the formation of Kiev-Rus in the late 9th Century AD, I was hoping it would cover some of the history that preceded it. My biggest disappointment, however, was that it was too fair towards the USSR, from the suppression of its own people to the oppression of the people of Eastern and Central Europe following WWII, and there's mention of the Holodomor in Ukraine at all, which is unforgivable IMO. Even though Bushkovitch is a decent historian and writer I don't know that I can recommend this book despite the efficient job he does covering the expanse of history leading up to the Bolshevik Revolution. Having finished that, I'm now reading John Keay's China: A History: https://www.amazon.com/China-History-John-Keay/dp/0465025188 and I'm reminded what a fine historian and even better writer he is. I've read his India: A History, which is a marvelous (and massive) single-volume history of India that I highly recommend (see Post #410), and it looks like this equally lengthy single-volume history China should be just as good. Hopefully, I'll be finished with it by the end of summer.