Famous history writer Orlando Figes is one of the most successful contemporary historians that are well known for their award-winning and best-selling authored books. With his extensive knowledge in Russian history, Figes has always been successful in sharing to the world his conclusions and insights based on his critical research and analysis on numerous historical chronicles. Raised in a feminist community by his mother and sister who are also reputable writers, he was able to unleash his potential skills in writing when he excelled in his classes at the William Ellis School. As he grew old, Figes pursued his studies in history at prominent academic institutions like the Gonville & Caius College and the Trinity College.
Throughout his career, Orlando Figes has served as a regular contributor to the history-related programs of various radio and TV broadcasts in the UK, as well as in other parts of the world. It was then in 1999 when he authored a 6-part educational TV series “Red Chapters” that feature the history of Communism in the country as well as in Soviet Russia, Cuba, and China. Each part of the series is a 25-minute film produced by Opus Television and broadcasted in the entire UK. In 2003, Figes also wrote and presented to the BBC a TV documentary film “The Tsar’s Last Picture Show”. He then authored and demonstrated 2 60-minute Archive Hour shows on radio, which was entitled “Stalin’s Silent People”. This project was in fact the basis of his book “The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia”.
On the other hand, one of the most successful books published by Orlando Figes was his second book, “A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution (1891-1924)”. More than 20 translations of this book were developed, and each of these performed well in bookstores around the world. This book achieved 5 prestigious awards in 1997. These awards are the Wolfson History Prize, the NCR Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the WH Smith Literary Award, and the Longman-History Today Book Prize. Adding to these awards are the numerous positive remarks given by notable historians and book critics who already read its contents. Most of them agree that Figes effectively detailed the important events that occurred in the 1891-1924 Russian Revolution, starting from the famine up to Lenin’s death. Many readers also give complements on the well-organized representation of the critically researched facts along with his insights or ideas in each of the 923 pages of this book.