Professor Richard Pipes

My Uncle Gil was a student of Pipes at Harvard. Gil has expressed great admiration for Richard Pipes and a teacher and scholar. Professor of History at Harvard University and NeoCon strategist. Active with CIA and State Department during the Reagan years. One of the chief authors of Reagan’s policy of a hard-line Soviet strategy. Alleged to be the mentor of suspected agent of Influence Douglas Feith. In fairness Pipes has been both candid and critical about the Likudnik Cabal in the Pentagon.

Richard Pipes

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Richard Pipes, Baird Professor of History, Emeritus, at Harvard University, is the author of numerous books and essays, including The Russian Revolution, Russia Under the Bolshevik Regime, and Property and Freedom. In 1981-82 he served as President Reagan’s National Security Council adviser on Soviet and East European affairs, and in 1992 he was an expert witness in the Russian Constitutional Court’s trial against the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Chesham, New Hampshire.

BOOKS BY THIS AUTHOR

Vixi: Memoirs of a Non-Belonger
by Richard Pipes
Hardcover: 320 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.03 x 9.40 x 6.38
Publisher: Yale University Press; (November 1, 2003)
Language: Published in English
ISBN: 0300101651

Sixteen-year-old Richard Pipes escaped from Nazi-occupied Warsaw with his family in October 1939. Their flight took them to the United States by way of Italy, and Pipes went on to earn a college degree, join the U.S. Air Corps, serve as professor of Russian history at Harvard for nearly forty years, and become adviser to President Reagan on Soviet and Eastern European affairs. In this engrossing book, the eminent historian remembers the events of his own remarkable life as well as the unfolding of some of the twentieth century’s most extraordinary political events. From his youthful memories of bombs falling on Warsaw to his recollections of the conflicts inside the Reagan administration over American policies toward the USSR, Pipes offers penetrating observations as well as fascinating portraits of such cultural and political figures as Isaiah Berlin, Ronald Reagan, and Alexander Haig. Perhaps most interesting of all, Pipes depicts his evolution as a historian and his understanding of how history is witnessed and how it is recorded.

The Degaev Affair: Terror and Treason in Tsarist Russia
by Richard Pipes
Hardcover: 153 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.73 x 8.54 x 5.82
Publisher: Yale University Press; (April 1, 2003)
Language: Published in English

ISBN: 0300098480

Sergei Degaev (1857–1921), a political terrorist in Tsarist Russia, disappeared after participating in the assassination of the chief of Russia’s security organization in 1883. Those who later knew and admired the quietly brilliant Professor Alexander Pell at the University of South Dakota never guessed this was actually Degaev, who had triple-crossed friends and associates while entangled in the revolutionary movement of his homeland. This book is the first in any language to tell in detail the extraordinary story of one of the world’s most intriguing revolutionaries, his role in building and betraying the earliest political terrorist network, and his subsequent conventional academic career in America. The well-known historian Richard Pipes uses previously unexplored Russian archives to draw a brilliant psychological, political, and sociological portrait of Degaev. Pipes pursues his protagonist on a twisting journey of changing loyalties and fateful collaborations within the network that provided the model for all modern terrorist organizations. A cunning conspirator, Degaev went on to reinvent himself in the United States as a beloved mathematics professor. Either of his lives would be considered remarkable; that Degaev lived both is nothing short of amazing.

Russia Under the Old Regime (Penguin History)
by Richard Pipes

Paperback: 361 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.71 x 7.74 x 5.07
Publisher: Penguin Books; 2nd edition (January 1, 1997)
Language: Published in English

ISBN: 0140247688

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Synopsis
This study analyzes the evolution of the Russian state from the 9th century to the 1880s, and its unique role in managing Russian society. The development of Russia was different from that of the rest of Europe. The natural poverty of geographical conditions made it extremely difficult to construct an effective regime, and a “patrimonial” state arose in which the country was conceived as the personal property of the Tsar. The book describes the evolution of this regime, and analyzes the political behavior of the principal social groupings, peasantry, nobility, bourgeoisie and clergy, and accounts for their failure to stand up to the increasing absolutism of the Tsar. Only the intelligentsia were able to make such a stand, and the book shows how in countering this challenge, Russia developed into a bureaucratic police state.

Property and Freedom

Written by Richard Pipes
History; Law – Property; Current Affairs – Law | Vintage | Trade Paperback | June 2000 | $15.00| 0-375-70447-7
ABOUT THIS BOOK

Richard Pipes, Harvard scholar and historian of the Russian Revolution, brings his remarkable erudition to an exploration of a wide range of national and political systems to demonstrate persuasively that private ownership has served over the centuries to limit the power of the state and enable democratic institutions to evolve and thrive in the Western world.

Beginning with Greece and Rome, where the concept of private property as we understand it first developed, Pipes then shows us how, in the late medieval period, the idea matured with the expansion of commerce and the rise of cities. He contrasts England, a country where property rights and parliamentary government advanced hand-in-hand, with Russia, where restrictions on ownership have for centuries consistently abetted authoritarian regimes; finally he provides reflections on current and future trends in the United States. Property and Freedom is a brilliant contribution to political thought and an essential work on a subject of vital importance.

PRAISE

“A most stimulating and original book. . . . One of the most valuable volumes on property yet.” –The American Spectator

“[Property and Freedom] is his most ambitious [book] ever. It is always compelling, often insightful and robust in argument.” –Literary Review

“A superb book about a topic that should be front and center in the American political debate. . . . Splendid because it retains the perspective and sweep of great historical scholarship.” –National Review

” Pipes is massively erudite.” –The New York Times Book Review

” Pipes slowly builds up a strong historical case for the necessity of property rights as a prerequisite for freedoms in general.” –The Washington Times

Property and Freedom

Written by Richard Pipes
History; Law – Property; Current Affairs – Law | Vintage | Trade Paperback | June 2000 | $15.00| 0-375-70447-7
ABOUT THIS BOOK

Richard Pipes, Harvard scholar and historian of the Russian Revolution, brings his remarkable erudition to an exploration of a wide range of national and political systems to demonstrate persuasively that private ownership has served over the centuries to limit the power of the state and enable democratic institutions to evolve and thrive in the Western world.

Beginning with Greece and Rome, where the concept of private property as we understand it first developed, Pipes then shows us how, in the late medieval period, the idea matured with the expansion of commerce and the rise of cities. He contrasts England, a country where property rights and parliamentary government advanced hand-in-hand, with Russia, where restrictions on ownership have for centuries consistently abetted authoritarian regimes; finally he provides reflections on current and future trends in the United States. Property and Freedom is a brilliant contribution to political thought and an essential work on a subject of vital importance.

PRAISE

“A most stimulating and original book. . . . One of the most valuable volumes on property yet.” –The American Spectator

“[Property and Freedom] is his most ambitious [book] ever. It is always compelling, often insightful and robust in argument.” –Literary Review

“A superb book about a topic that should be front and center in the American political debate. . . . Splendid because it retains the perspective and sweep of great historical scholarship.” –National Review

” Pipes is massively erudite.” –The New York Times Book Review

” Pipes slowly builds up a strong historical case for the necessity of property rights as a prerequisite for freedoms in general.” –The Washington Times

Property and Freedom

Written by Richard Pipes
History; Law – Property; Current Affairs – Law | Vintage | Trade Paperback | June 2000 | $15.00| 0-375-70447-7
ABOUT THIS BOOK

Richard Pipes, Harvard scholar and historian of the Russian Revolution, brings his remarkable erudition to an exploration of a wide range of national and political systems to demonstrate persuasively that private ownership has served over the centuries to limit the power of the state and enable democratic institutions to evolve and thrive in the Western world.

Beginning with Greece and Rome, where the concept of private property as we understand it first developed, Pipes then shows us how, in the late medieval period, the idea matured with the expansion of commerce and the rise of cities. He contrasts England, a country where property rights and parliamentary government advanced hand-in-hand, with Russia, where restrictions on ownership have for centuries consistently abetted authoritarian regimes; finally he provides reflections on current and future trends in the United States. Property and Freedom is a brilliant contribution to political thought and an essential work on a subject of vital importance.

PRAISE

“A most stimulating and original book. . . . One of the most valuable volumes on property yet.” –The American Spectator

“[Property and Freedom] is his most ambitious [book] ever. It is always compelling, often insightful and robust in argument.” –Literary Review

“A superb book about a topic that should be front and center in the American political debate. . . . Splendid because it retains the perspective and sweep of great historical scholarship.” –National Review

” Pipes is massively erudite.” –The New York Times Book Review

” Pipes slowly builds up a strong historical case for the necessity of property rights as a prerequisite for freedoms in general.” –The Washington Times

Russia Under the Bolshevik Regime

Written by Richard Pipes
History – Russia (pre- & post-Soviet Union) | Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 1995 | $21.00| 0-679-76184-5
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Pipes is a widely recognized authority on Russia and is currently Baird professor of History at Harvard University. This is the final volume in his magisterial history of the Russian Revolution, covering the period from the outbreak of the Civil War in 1918 to Lenin’s death in 1924.

The Russian Revolution

Written by Richard Pipes
History – Russia (pre- & post-Soviet Union) | Vintage | Trade Paperback | November 1991 | $25.00| 0-679-73660-3
ABOUT THIS BOOK

Mr. Pipes writes trenchantly, and at times superbly….No single volume known to me even begins to cater so adequately to those who want to discover what really happened to Russia….Nor do I know any other book better designed to help Soviet citizens to struggle out of the darkness.”

— Ronald Hingley, The New York Times Book Review

Ground-breaking in its inclusiveness, enthralling in its narrative of a movement whose purpose, in the words of Leon Trotsky, was “to overthrow the world,” The Russian Revolution draws conclusions that have already aroused great controversy in this country-and that are certain to be explosive when the book is published in the Soviet Union. Richard Pipes argues convincingly that the Russian Revolution was an intellectual, rather than a class, uprising; that it was steeped in terror from its very outset; and that it was not a revolution at all but a coup d’etat — “the capture of governmental power by a small minority.”

PRAISE

“A monumental study…of absorbing interest [by] the distinguished historian of modern Russia …Lucidly written, unsurpassed in detail and comprehensiveness.”

— Wall Street Journal

“Mr. Pipes provides invaluable background to today’s headlines….Few efforts have been made to create such a comprehensive work…. Pipes is a pathfinder.”

— The New York Times

Richard Pipes

Richard Pipes, Professor of History at Harvard University for over 40 years, is one of the world’s leading authorities on Soviet, Russian and Caucasian history. His expertise has led governments, organizations, and publications to seek out his advice.

In addition to being a senior professor at Harvard, Richard Pipes has served as Director of Harvard’s Russian Research Center (1968-73), as an expert for the Russian Constitutional Court (1992), as Director of the National Security Council’s East European and Soviet Affairs team (1981-82), as a member of the State Department’s Reagan Transition Team (1980), and as Chairman of the CIA’s “Team B” to Review Strategic Intelligence Estimates (1976). He is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.

Mr. Pipes is a member of the editorial boards of Strategic Review, Orbis, International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence, Continuity, Journal of Strategic Studies, East European Jewish Affairs, and Nuova Storia Contemporanea..

Richard Pipes is the author of 18 published books, the most recent being Communism: A Brief History (2001, Random House), Land-tenure in Pre-Roman Antiquity and its Political Consequences (2001, Cambridge, Mass.), Prosperity & Freedom (1999, Alfred A. Knopf), and Three “Whys” of the Russian Revolution (1996, Random House of Canada). His books have been published in 12 languages. Mr. Pipes has also edited 6 books.

Historian Richard Pipes narrowly escaped the Holocaust and watched the world crumble around him.
Richard Pipes was then a boy in Poland, more interested in Nietzsche and art history than politics. His father Marek was concerned by Germany’s aggression and realized that Europe was no longer safe for Jews. Some of Marek’s old army buddies held government offices, and through these connections the Pipes family managed to procure a passport from a Latin American country. A Jewish friend forged a seal for the fake passport, and the Pipes’ began their race to escape before the borders closed.

Although Marek had some connections, his plan came close to failing several times. The Pipes’ were detained aboard a train in Germany because they did not have a permit. Miraculously, the S.S. agent allowed them to leave Germany; had he insisted on the permit, the forgery on their passport would have been discovered.

In Italy, still not out of danger himself, Marek tried to save family and friends who remained in Poland. Nothing came of his efforts to bring other Jews out, and the Pipes’ flew to Spain only a few days before the police came to their apartment to arrest them. From Spain they sailed to America. They had succeeded in helping only one Jew, pretending at the last minute that he was Pipes’ mother’s fiancé.

His near escape from the Holocaust left Pipes with a respect for human life that is evident in Vixi. Pipes describes the hardships of the German occupation of Poland. He remembers other Jews who were not able to escape, including relatives who were betrayed by someone he had gone to school with. And Pipes has no sympathy for dictators of any ideology. Pipes’ dream

 

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