- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: National Geographic (November 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0792264320
- ISBN-13: 978-0792264323
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.9 x 11.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,968,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Broken Empire : After the Fall of the USSR Hardcover – November 1, 2001
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If your looking for images and insight text read "The Home Planet" by Kevin W Kelley. Two different subject matters, but the written text illustrates where this book went astray.
While there have been many changes in the region since the book's publication in 2001, Ludwig's work lays the sociological groundwork necessary for outsiders to grasp the effects of the warp speed transformation that continues to rock Russia today. Hopefully his more recent coverage, some of which continues to be published by National Geographic Magazine, will again find its way collectively into book form. I for one would like to better understand the true heart of this still mysterious and increasingly powerful nation.
I have been traveling to the former Soviet Union now for the past twenty-five years and have always been surprised by how ignorant the world was about this marvelous nation. Ludwig clearly has an intimate feel for the soul of this great world. The images breathe and display the majesty of this people and empire wonderfully, warts and all. This is not a tragic populace, but a noble collection of races and groups who share a common pride, humanism and patriotism with a unique perspective and outlook on life that is both refreshing and vital.
I thought that the Western world would never get it right about the great land and her people, but Ludwig's masterpiece clearly and artfully reveals the nuances of an emerging colossus whose rightful place in history, commerce, politics, art and culture is assured by its dogged determinism to continue, to live, to strive to express the essence that is "Mother Russia".
And to do all of this with photography...what an achievement!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is just the book I've been looking for. I've bought other books on Russia that explained the change from communism to capitalism but they only told how it affected the... Read morePublished on January 27, 2009 by J. Williams
astonishingly shocking at times and bland at others, is this the Russia of modern day or is this the image the author sees? Certainly the latter and probably not the former. Read morePublished on April 25, 2005 by jon
An incredible journey through the remains of the former Soviet Union both in pictures and words. Broken Empire puts the lie to the "Workers Paradise" promised by the... Read morePublished on December 30, 2001 by Joel Harry