William Bruce Lincoln (September 6, 1938 – April 9, 2000) was an American scholar and author who wrote a number of widely-read books on Russian history. An expert noted for his narrative skills, he explained that he began “to write for a broader audience in the hope that my efforts to explain Russia’s past may enable readers to better understand Russia’s present.”.

Books in order of publication:

Nikolai Miliutin: An Enlightened Russian Bureaucrat (Oriental Research Partners, 1977)

Nicholas I: Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russias (Allen Lane Penguin, 1978) German edition, 1981; Polish edition, 1988.

Petr Petrovich Semenov-Tian-Shanskii: The Life of a Russian Geographer (Oriental Research Partners, 1980)

The Romanovs: Autocrats of All the Russias (Dial Press-Doubleday, 1981) Spanish edition, 1984; Chinese edition, forthcoming.

In the Vanguard of Reform: Russia’s Enlightened Bureaucrats (Northern Illinois University Press, 1982) Italian edition, 1993.

In War’s Dark Shadow: The Russians Before the Great War (Dial Press-Doubleday, 1983)

Passage Through Armageddon: The Russians in War and Revolution (Simon and Schuster, 1986)

Red Victory: A History of the Russian Civil War (Simon and Schuster, 1989) Italian edition, 1991.

The Great Reforms: Autocracy, Bureaucracy, and the Politics of Change in Imperial Russia (Northern Illinois University Press, 1990) Italian edition, 1993.

The Conquest of a Continent: Siberia and the Russians (Random House, 1994) German edition, 1996.

Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of A Thousand Years of Artistic Life in Russia (Viking Press, 1998)

Sunlight at Midnight: St. Petersburg and the Rise of Modern Russia (published posthumously, Basic Books, 2001)