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In Former People, his epic chronicle of two great aristocratic families, award-winning historian/translator Douglas Smith recounts the history of the Russian aristocracy caught up in the maelstrom of the Bolshevik Revolution and the creation of Stalin’s Russia. From chilling tales of looted palaces and burning estates to desperate flights in the night and imprisonment, exile, and execution, Smith, a resident scholar at the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, tells stories of dispossession, destruction—and survival. Presented as part of the Town Hall Civic series with Elliott Bay Book Company. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True/Brown Foundation.