Best Books for Understanding Russian History?

Charbel Makhlouf

Orthodox Catechumen
Now that I'm attending a ROCOR Church and learning about Russian Saints, I'm realizing how important it is to understand Russian History so I can put it all in context.

Not just since the Russian Revolution, but before that with all the various Czar, wars, masonic influence, etc.

Knowing how history is so often twisted and re-written and distorted to suit political purposes, I wanted to ask for recommendations that give a completely honest account. If E. Michael Jones wrote a book on Russian History, I'd simply buy that.

Are there any historians/writers that are sort of the E. Michael Jones or Michael Hoffman of Russian History?