In RUSSIANS, Gregory Feifer explains the seeming paradoxes of
Russian life 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
eight years as a journalist in Russia, Feifer corrects pervasive
misconceptions about the country by showing that much of what
appears inexplicable is actually 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. Drawing on his family history as well as formative
experiences in Russia's past and illustrative workings of its
culture, Feifer sheds much-needed light on the purposely hidden
functioning of its society before, during and after communism.
RUSSIANS is an expertly observed, gripping profile of a people who
will continue challenging the West for the foreseeable future.