The Red Atlas

How the Soviet Union Secretly Mapped the World


John Davies and Alexander J. Kent

With a Foreword by James Risen
Published by the University of Chicago Press

“When money and technology weren’t an issue—when it was just about brainpower and hard work—the Soviets could compete with anyone. So it shouldn’t be a surprise to learn that their mapmakers, like their athletes, were among the best in the world. Many of the maps in this collection were made to guide Soviet soldiers in potential wars against enemies abroad. But like the best socialist-realist propaganda posters, they transcend their original purpose. Decades after they were created, they are now unique works of art, offering the viewer what can only be called a kind of emotional-cartographic-political experience.”—Joe Weisberg, creator and executive producer of The Americans

Cloth | 272 pages | 282 color plates | 7 x 9
ISBN: 9780226389578   List price: $35.00 / £26.50

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Sample Maps from the Red Atlas

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