By Andrew Meier
"That Black Earth is a unprecedented paintings is, for somebody 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 mesmerizing new paintings. visiting throughout a resurgent and apparently loose 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 strength yet near to mind-blowing again into tyranny-in an account that's by way of turns heartrending and celebratory, comedian and terrifying. A 2003 ny Public Library ebook to recollect. "Black Earth is the easiest research of post-Soviet Russia due to the fact that David Remnick's Resurrection. Andrew Meier is a very penetrating eyewitness."-Robert Conquest, writer of The nice Terror; "If President Bush have been to learn simply the chapters relating to Chechnya in Meier's Black Earth, he may achieve a worthy schooling approximately Putin's Russia."-Zbigniew Brzezinski "Even after the autumn of Communism, such a lot American reporting on Russia frequently is going no extra than who's in and who's out within the Kremlin and the company oligarchy. Andrew Meier's Russia reaches a long way 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 take into accout Stalin "From the unnecessary battle 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 element, written within the layers the tale merits, with perception, ardour, and real affection."-Michael Specter, employees author, The New Yorker; co-chief, The long island Times Moscow Bureau, 1995-98. "[Meier's] wisdom of the rustic and his abiding love for its humans stands proud on each web page of this book....But it really is his linguistic fluency, particularly, which permits Mr. Meier to dig so deeply into Russia's black earth."-The Economist "A terrific travelogue that depicts the Russian humans over again attempting to construct a brand new existence with out particularly altering their previous one."-William Taubman, The big apple Times publication Review.
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A NOTE ON THE TEXT There are two kinds of footnotes in this collection. Numbered footnotes denote commentary by the editor of this volume. Footnotes designated by symbols are those taken from the source material credited. 6. Peter Novick, That Noble Dream:The “Objectivity Question” and the American Historical Profession (Cam- bridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988), p. 2. 7. Thomas Haskell, “Objectivity is Not Neutrality: Rhetoric Versus Practice,” History and Theory XXIX (1990), pp. 129–57. -xvii- Acknowledgments As in all of my previous work, the debt to fellow scholars is enormous.
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Black Earth: A Journey Through Russia After the Fall by Andrew Meier