Douglas Smith

In 'The Russian Job,' one of the foremost historians of 20th-century Russia investigates the work of a semi-private charity headed by Herbert Hoover that fed the starving Soviet Union in the early 1920s. Read more


Rasputin was one of the 20th-century’s most infamous and least understood figures. In Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs Douglas Smith went where biographers have seldom gone—deep into the Russian archives—and found a ... Read more


In the year 2154, Max (Matt Damon) is one of many workers toiling on a ruined planet Earth while the privileged look down upon them from Elysium, an enormous, futuristic space station equipped with every imaginable Read more

Film Clips

Before the revolution, the gentry and nobility formed a significant percentage of Russia’s population. Even Lenin emerged from its ranks. But even before the Bolsheviks secured control over the country, the gentry were under Read more