Joseph C. Goulden: ‘Lost Kingdom’ and ‘Red Famine’ book review

LOST KINGDOM: THE QUEST FOR EMPIRE AND THE MAKING OF THE RUSSIAN NATION By Serhii Plokhy Basic Books $32, 398 pages RED FAMINE: STALIN’S WAR ON UKRAINE By Anne Applebaum Doubleday, $35, 496 pages In a European continent torn by incessant warfare over the centuries, Ukraine deserves sympathy for its most-abused-state status. As the real estate…