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By Loren R. Graham

"Graham has brilliantly encapsulated and interwoven the main positive aspects of Soviet and post-Soviet historical past in his riveting stories.... a fantastic and awesome work." ―Edward provide, writer of God and cause within the center Ages

"A very vigorous learn, certainly a true web page turner... Graham’s dialogue of urgent moral dilemmas screens a sureness of hand and a clean candor approximately his personal struggles with the issues." ―Susan Solomon, college of Toronto

The distinctive American historian of Russian and Soviet technology Loren R. Graham recounts with heat and wit his reviews in the course of forty five years of touring and gaining knowledge of within the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia, from 1960 to 2005. current for plenty of old occasions in this interval, Graham writes no longer as a political correspondent or an analyst, yet as a standard American dwelling via those years along Russian neighbors and critics. Graham befriended the various best scientists and politicians in Russia, yet his such a lot touching tales difficulty standard Russians with whom he lived, labored, suffered, and exchanged perspectives. Graham additionally writes of the moral questions he faced, resembling the strain among independence of notion and political loyalty. ultimately, he depicts the ways that Russia has changed―visually, politically, and ideologically―during the final 15 years. those gripping, occasionally funny, constantly deeply own tales will interact and tell all readers with an curiosity in Russia in this tumultuous interval of history.

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