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5.0 out of 5 stars Personal and political meet in a memorable, compelling read, February 20, 2014
This review is from: Russians: The People behind the Power (Hardcover)
Like a short story by Chekhov, Gregory Feifer's fascinating new book manages to encompass a vast landscape of human complication -- and the expanses of the world's largest nation -- within relatively few pages. At its core is the author's own family story across three generations. Feifer's grandparents saw their lives destroyed in Stalin's purges; his parents (an American journalist and a Russian university student) lived an unlikely Cold War romance amid Khrushchev's U.S.S.R.; and the author himself has vividly experienced the highs and lows of Communism's collapse and the rise of a new authoritarianism. Around this framework, he builds the larger saga of contemporary Russia. Feifer has traveled as widely and delved as deeply as any journalist of his generation, and he recounts his experiences vividly and with frequent humor. This book will offer insights to historians and policymakers while also informing and entertaining the ordinary reader.

The matryoshka doll on the dust jacket is an apt symbol of what's inside: "Russians" is a compact book that contains multitudes, and that amuses even as it reveals.
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Initial post: Mar 5, 2014 1:17:46 PM PST
jem says:
Thanks for an excellent review. You capture the spirit of this book very well.
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