NINA KHRUSHCHEVA is the author of Imagining Nabokov and The Lost Khrushchev, and a Professor of International Affairs at New School University. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Financial Times among others. A contributing editor at The Atlantic and a New York Times Notable author, JEFFREY TAYLER has reported on Russia and the former Soviet Union for Foreign Policy, Harper's Magazine, National Geographic, and more. He lives in Moscow.
An absorbing read which is also the most insightful book I have read about Putin's Russia. It is essential reading for anyone desiring to understand Russia and should be required for anyone presuming to comment on Russia today. --Jack F Matlock, Jr. U.S. Ambassador to the USSR, 1987-91; author of Reagan and Gorbachev: How the Cold War Ended The most valuable service this book provides--apart from saving us some long and rough travel-- is to remind us that we really don't know the Russians, not because they're so mysterious or hostile, but because they themselves don't know who they are or where they're going--140,000,000 souls adrift in history. --Richard Lourie, acclaimed author of The Autobiography of Joseph Stalin andSakharov: A Biography In Putin's Footsteps reads like the Russian rivers depicted in its pages: deep, wide, and flowing ever onward. Not only do Khrushcheva and Tayler carry us across the vast expanse of Russia's eleven time zones, they do so with a depth of commentary, history and color that brings each place alive. --Lisa Dickey, author of Bears in the Streets