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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449503144
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449503147
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Marc Hyman lived in Estonia for five years. During this period he taught accounting, finance, and economics for the Estonian Business School and for Concordia International University Estonia (now International University Audentes), provided consulting services to Hansabank, North Estonian Bank, Raebank, and Virumaa Commerce Bank, and served as Tallinn Bureau Chief for The Baltic Observer (now The Baltic Times) and as Managing Editor of The Baltic Business Leader. He currently teaches accounting and business at Cascadia Community College in Bothell, Washington, is a member of the University of Washington's Baltic Studies Roundtable, and blogs about Estonian issues at estoniaonthemap.com. His accounts of day-to-day life in the newly independent Baltic States and Russia have been published in Crosscurrents, Yours Truly, and Europe Today. He lives in Seattle with his wife and son.

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A quick read that is hard to put down.
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I really enjoyed reading this book and learning about Estonia, a country I have never been to.
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Additionally, the author has a great, dry sense of humor.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Henneman on October 14, 2009
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Marc Hyman's "Back on the Map" is a remarkable first-hand glimpse into life in Estonia in 1992. Marc's exceptional storytelling gives the reader an accurate depiction of the exciting, yet challenging lives of so many in newly independent Estonia. He also did a terrific job explaining Estonia's complex history and the relationships between those who have been witness to it. A quick read that is hard to put down.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Smith on November 11, 2009
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It probably helps if the reader has some personal connection to Estonia, but it's still a wonderful read, even if you've only ever heard the name of the country. Since the book was published only in 2009, the pervading thought one gets in reading it is how far the country has come since 1992 and how smart/lucky has Estonia been in achieving what it has. It's awesome to have somebody reminding you this. It's also awesome that there is no arrogance in the book, no oh-my-stupid-little-brothers attitude foreigners so often display. Hyman's style is personal and he seems genuinely fond of the people he has met. Genuinely fond of Estonia. One can't not love that.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. deRoque on November 12, 2009
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Back on the Map is a wonderful story about the start of a new country and the hopes and aspirations of its people. The author has a very easy to read style that made you feel you knew each one the people he met. I would highly recommend the book and definitely for anyone traveling to the Baltic region!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Coldwell on October 17, 2009
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I so enjoyed this book! I was in Estonia at around the same time as the author, and he has clearly captured the mood and energy of the country at that pivotal time. His often humorous personal story serves as an engaging framework for insights into the history and culture of Estonia - and the enormous changes taking place. "Back on the Map" works on so many levels. A great read for anyone, it is a must read if you are interested in the Baltics, post-Soviet history, or teaching abroad.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amber O'Neil on February 3, 2010
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Prior to reading this book, I knew nothing whatsoever about Estonia. Marc Hyman helped me identify the country, understand its history, and fall in love with its people. It is important to bear in mind that the setting for this book is 1992. As I understand, there have been considerable changes since then. Nevertheless, there is a timeless quality to Mr. Hyman's description of the newly independent Estonia. Additionally, the author has a great, dry sense of humor. What a lovely book!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. Moore on October 20, 2009
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An easy, fun to read first hand account of life in Tallinn in the early 1990s. Having spent time there myself recently, it was nice to read about what life was like then and Marc's teaching and personal adventures. The one constant ... the people of Estonia are awesome!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Miller on October 12, 2009
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Awesome book! Brings back fascinating memories for me, as I had the great pleasure of teaching at Concordia International University Estonia with the author, Marc Hyman, in 1995-1998. Thanks, Marc, for a terrific publication!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Toomas Nigola on December 3, 2009
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Marc Hyman's book is a well written account of the life in Estonia in 1992. Reading it made me realise how quick we are to forget certain things and get used to new ways and standards. All this current talk of economic recession etc. would probably have seemed very different, had we heard it then. :) The times when we all knew well the word "forbidden", never knew if there will be hot water from the tap today and had distinct Wrigley's shops for fancy things like "foreign" bubble gum, seem to be quite a different world, another planet even. It's good to recall and get better perspective for our present day and ways of life.

Besides that, it's also interesting to learn a bit about the beginnings of our great financial instituitions and how the young founders worked and partied.

I'd even go so far as to reccommend this book to be included in the list of compulsory reading material for Estonian shools (though an Estonian translation would perhaps be in order then).
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Marc Hyman lived in Estonia through most of the eventful 1990s. He taught accounting and finance at the Estonian Business School and at Concordia International University Estonia (now Tallinn University of Technology), served as Tallinn Bureau Chief for The Baltic Observer (now The Baltic Times) and as Managing Editor of The Baltic Business Leader, and worked as a consultant for Hansabank, North Estonian Bank, and Virumaa Commerce Bank.

He currently teaches accounting and business at Cascadia Community College in Washington, serves on the board of directors of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies, and is a member of the University of Washington's Baltic Studies Roundtable. His accounts of day-to-day life in the newly independent Baltic States and Russia have been published in AjaKaja, Crosscurrents, Yours Truly, and Europe Today.

He lives in Seattle.

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