Russia: a journey to the heart of a land and its people

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BBC Books, May 1, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 564 pages
Russia is a country in transition. It is a land of exotic treasures with a culture rich in world-famous artists, writers and musicians. It is a swiftly modernizing economy yet still a place of corruption, suppression, and secrecy, shaking off its recent, bloody past of Communist dictatorship. Russia may no longer be seen to rival America, but with control over a huge portion of the world's remaining non-renewable energy resources, it is a rapidly rising energy super-power. Yet, shrouded in myth and ice, it is little understood by the rest of world. Travelling thousands of miles, Jonathan journeys from Kaliningrad in the west to Provideniya in the east to discover modern Russia. Passing through some of the most extreme landscape on earth, several climates and across seven time zones, he visits places "spectacular, infamous, secret" that witnessed defining moments in Russia's extraordinary history. The people that inhabit this vast landmass are as fascinating and diverse as the landscape. Caught between Asia and Europe, they are a mix of ethnicities, a product of Russian expansionism and their turbulent past. In this book and the groundbreaking television series it accompanies, Jonathan looks at how Russia's past has shaped her current identity and investigates what modern Russia means to her people now.

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I enjoyed the tv series this book accompanies and looking for more detail read with increasing fascination first the chapters dealing with the places that moved me in the series and then the entire ... Read full review

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One of the most sypathetic and deeply understanding views of modern and Russian history I have ever read. He conveys the Russians and the country vividly. His analysis of what is going on there is ... Read full review

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From Murmansk to Novgorod
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From Moscow to the Caspian
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From Astrakhan to the Urals 220
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