Russians: The People behind the Power

Russians: The People behind the Power

Gregory Feifer

From former NPR Moscow correspondent Gregory Feifer comes an incisive portrait that attracts on brilliant own tales to painting the forces that experience formed the Russian personality for centuries-and proceed to take action today.

RUSSIANS explores the seeming paradoxes of existence in Russia by means of unraveling the character of its humans: what's it of their historical past, their wishes, and their belief of themselves that makes them baffling to the West? utilizing the insights of his decade as a journalist in Russia, Feifer corrects pervasive misconceptions by means of exhibiting that a lot of what appears to be like inexplicable in regards to the state is logical while obvious from the interior. He will get to the center of why the world's best strength manufacturer maintains to exasperate many within the overseas neighborhood. And he makes transparent why President Vladimir Putin continues to be renowned at the same time the distance widens among the super-rich and the nice majority of poor.

Traversing the world's greatest kingdom from the violent North Caucasus to Arctic Siberia, Feifer performed hundreds and hundreds of intimate conversations approximately every thing from intercourse and vodka to Russia's advanced courting with the realm. From fabulously filthy rich oligarchs to the destitute aged babushki who beg in Moscow's streets, he tells the tale of a society bursting with energy below a management rooted in culture and sometimes at the fringe of cave in regardless of its authoritarian power.

Feifer additionally attracts on formative reports in Russia's prior and illustrative workings of its tradition to shed much-needed gentle at the purposely hidden functioning of its society sooner than, in the course of, and after communism. Woven all through is an intimate, first-person account of his relations background, from his Russian mother's coming of age between Moscow's bohemian creative elite to his American father's harrowing vodka-fueled run-ins with the KGB.

What emerges is an extraordinary portrait of a special land of extremes whose forbidding geography, cruel weather, and crushing corruption has however produced the various world's maximum artwork and a few of its such a lot extraordinary clinical advances. RUSSIANS is an expertly saw, gripping profile of a those that will proceed difficult the West for the foreseeable future.

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