By Andrew Meier
"That Black Earth is a unprecedented paintings is, for a person who has recognized Russia, past question."—George Kennan
"A compassionate glimpse into the extremes the place the recent Russia meets the old," writes Robert Legvold (Foreign Affairs) approximately Andrew Meier's spell binding new paintings. touring throughout a resurgent and apparently unfastened land, Meier has produced a virtuosic mixture of nuanced background, lyric travelogue, and unflinching reportage. all through, Meier captures the country's current limbo—a land wealthy in capability yet on the point of mind-blowing again into tyranny—in an account that's by means of turns heartrending and celebratory, comedian and terrifying. A 2003 manhattan Public Library ebook to recollect. "Black Earth is the easiest research of post-Soviet Russia when you consider that David Remnick's Resurrection. Andrew Meier is a really penetrating eyewitness."—Robert Conquest, writer of The nice Terror; "If President Bush have been to learn purely the chapters concerning Chechnya in Meier's Black Earth, he might achieve a necessary schooling approximately Putin's Russia."—Zbigniew Brzezinski "Even after the autumn of Communism, so much American reporting on Russia frequently is going no additional than who is in and who is out within the Kremlin and the enterprise oligarchy. Andrew Meier's Russia reaches some distance past . . . this Russia is one the place, as Meier says, historical past has a troublesome time hiding. Readers couldn't simply discover a livelier or extra insightful guide."—Adam Hochschild, writer of King Leopold's Ghost and The Unquiet Ghost: Russians be mindful Stalin "From the unnecessary warfare in Chechnya to the wild, exhilarating, and dispiriting East and the increase of Vladimir Putin, the previous KGB officer—it's all right here in nice aspect, written within the layers the tale merits, with perception, ardour, and actual affection."—Michael Specter, employees author, The New Yorker; co-chief, The manhattan Times Moscow Bureau, 1995-98. "[Meier's] wisdom of the rustic and his abiding love for its humans sticks out on each web page of this book....But it's his linguistic fluency, specifically, which permits Mr. Meier to dig so deeply into Russia's black earth."—The Economist "A impressive travelogue that depicts the Russian humans another time attempting to construct a brand new lifestyles with no quite altering their outdated one."—William Taubman, The manhattan Times publication Review.
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