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Russians: The People behind the Power | Gregory Feifer
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From former NPR Moscow correspondent Gregory Feifer comes an incisive portrait that draws on vivid personal stories to portray the forces that have shaped the Russian character for centuries-and continue to do so today. RUSSIANS explores the seeming paradoxes of life in Russia by unraveling the nature of its people: what is it in their history, their desires, and their conception of themselves that makes them baffling to the West? Using the insights of his decade as a journalist in Russia, Feifer corrects pervasive misconceptions by showing that much of what appears inexplicable about the country is logical when seen from the inside. He gets to the heart of why the world's leading energy producer continues to exasperate many in the international community. And he makes clear why President Vladimir Putin remains popular even as the gap widens between the super-rich and the great majority of poor. Traversing the world's largest country from the violent North Caucasus to Arctic Siberia, Feifer conducted hundreds of intimate conversations about everything from sex and vodka to Russia's complex relationship with the world. From fabulously wealthy oligarchs to the destitute elderly babushki who beg in Moscow's streets, he tells the story of a society bursting with vitality under a leadership rooted in tradition and often on the edge of collapse despite its authoritarian power. Feifer also draws on formative experiences in Russia's past and illustrative workings of its culture to shed much-needed light on the purposely hidden functioning of its society before, during, and after communism. Woven throughout is an intimate, first-person account of his family history, from his Russian mother's coming of age among Moscow's bohemian artistic elite to his American father's harrowing vodka-fueled run-ins with the KGB. What emerges is a rare portrait of a unique land of extremes whose forbidding geography, merciless climate, and crushing corruption has nevertheless produced some of the world's greatest art and some of its most remarkable scientific advances. RUSSIANS is an expertly observed, gripping profile of a people who will continue challenging the West for the foreseeable future.
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RamsFan1963
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"Mr. Reagan says we will protect you, I don't subscribe to his point of view. Believe me when I say to you, I hope the Russians love their children too"

#WanderingJune #Russians @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB I love these lyrics! So true. 1mo
Cinfhen Great photo and beautiful lyrics 🎶love Sting. Saw him in concert with Peter Gabriel three years ago....SO GOOD 1mo
RamsFan1963 @Cinfhen So jealous!! Sting and Peter Gabriel?!? Two of my favorite artists 1mo
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Cinfhen The summer my husband & I turned 50 we attempted to see 50 of our favorite musicians preform over the year! We managed to catch 27😂and yes, Sting & Peter Gabriel we‘re just INCREDIBLE. They preformed separately and a few encores together. (edited) 1mo
DivineDiana @Cinfhen What a concert! Where did they perform? (edited) 1mo
Cinfhen It was at the Camden water front - we saw a ton of outdoor concerts that summer @DivineDiana and lawn seats were usually under $25!! Best money spent 🎵 1mo
DivineDiana @Cinfhen What a fun challenge! 🎼🎸🎫 1mo
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BookishMarginalia
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Yep, this one has grabbed me! #Russia #TwelveBooks #Hachette

MyNamesParadise Statistically the average Russian lives poorer than the average Indian. - Frontline documentary Putin's Way. 2y
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BookishMarginalia
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This looks particularly appropriate and compelling right now! I have been to #Russia twice, both times on cruise ship stops to St Petersburg, and was fascinated by the people, the history, and the culture. #TwelveBooks #Hachette

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled So envious that youve been to Russia!! Very cool! 2y
lamaman2boys I went to Moscow & Saratov about 15 years ago. It was such an amazing place! 2y
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