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Ukraine - Culture Smart!: the essential guide to customs & culture Paperback – September 5, 2006
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About the Author
ANNA SHEVCHENKO is a Ukrainian-born business development consultant specializing in cross-cultural issues, negotiation practices, and conflict management. She speaks seven languages, and has an M.Phil. degree from Cambridge University. Anna has worked with key government and decision makers in Britain and across the CIS. She has also interpreted for high-level government visits to the UK and for senior ministerial meetings at the EU in Brussels. Having worked in business development for a number of years for two major British corporations, she is now managing director of the British-based consultancy 3C Negotiations, and is the author of numerous articles and two books on cross-cultural communication
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I read this little book in a couple hours, and while useful as a breezy history, there were only about 40 useful pages -- the best were the 18 pages of "Business Briefing" (the author is a business development consultant).
Additionally, don't belive that this is a 2012 book -- it was first published in 2005 and most of the travel info seems from then. The author refers to river ferries from Kiev (long cancelled) and lists websites last update in 2008.
Overall, don't let the low price fool you -- it's still not worth it. And, shame shame on the author, supposedly an M.Phil. from Cambridge and speaker of 7 languages, for putting her name on such a deceptive little book -- I would have loved 168 pages of "customs & culture" from her, but that's not in here.
As of my two Ukraine visits in 2011 and 2012, this book is outdated. The book says that clearing customs is very difficult and the customs agents are stone cold stern and foreigner-hating. This isn't true, customs was a snap, agents very nice and my bags were never even inspected either time on arrival to Kiev from U.S. and certainly not when flying within Ukraine. Traditions/superstitions info was also outdated - e.g. it is NOT required to keep up with the host's alcoholism/toasting; anyone, not just the toastmaster, can toast; the young people I spent time with rolled their eyes and laughed out loud at the book's advice on flower giving (number and colors), not opening windows in a train because of "drafts", and many other superstitions: the urban 20-somethings don't believe in this stuff anymore. Contrary to what the book said, money-changing in the cities is a snap, there's a place to do it on almost every block and they don't try to rip you off. I followed the book's advice on gentlemanly manners, holding doors open, standing when a lady stands etc - and it was over the top, the well-bred ladies I was with were noticeably embarrassed by such treatment; none of them were used to it. (Can't say it hurt anything though.) Contrary again to what the book says, nobody batted an eye when I went hatless in winter.
The above info might be useful in small western towns and around old folks, but useless in cities.
The rest of the book is adequate, but you don't need this book to learn it; any guidebook will do, e.g lonely planet beats it hands down re: useful info: where to stay, eat, what to see.
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