Palace of Soviets – A. Prokofiev
Palaces of Culture and Clubs in the USSR – M. Kuznetsov
Two more from the 1939 World’s Fair collection. The Palace of the Soviets, notionally the tallest building in the world, topped with a statue of Lenin bigger than the Statue of Liberty. Stalinist gigantism at its best. Never built, Josef Vissarionovich knocked down a big church to make wat for the palace. The cover of this book has a very subtle embossed cover. Quite nice.
There’s a pretty good Wikipedia page on the Palace:
And for the other palace, a quick survey of club culture in the 1930s USSR. A great cover with some swish cars and architecture.