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The author of the book: David K. Shipler
Edition: Penguin Books
Date of issue: October 1st 1989
ISBN: 0140122710
ISBN 13: 9780140122718
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Language: English
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Putin's Roots

David Shipler worked as a journalist for the New York Times for five years in Moscow from 1975 to 1979. He spoke Russian and certainly made a large number of contacts. Due to Soviet government interference and their wish that he see as little as possible, he had to do a great deal of twisting and turning, worry about being bugged, go to surreptitious meetings. Yet, he met people from many walks of life, people high in society and from the working class. He traveled around the vast nation on guided tours, but still managed to garner impressions of its various parts. As a person who has worked with hundreds of former Soviet citizens for the last 26 years, I can say that his impressions and his comments ring true. Those people (from several republics) who come to the USA are obviously those who were not satisfied, but the criticisms they make are extremely similar to his. The strongpoints they mention also resemble his. But the thing that makes me give this book five stars is the analysis of Soviet society and its likely future, made in 1982. Though he did not predict the actual demise of Communism, Shipler said that if any change occurred, it would be in the direction of rightwing nationalism. He also stressed that Russians loved authoritarian rule (in general of course) and hated disorder and too much diversity. In other words, even if Communism ended, they would be unlikely to embrace a Western democratic model. Thirty five years later, when we look at Putin, the authoritarian rule, the lack of openness, etc. we can only admire Shipler's insights. He covers a number of topics in a very readable style. Though the book is obviously dated, you can definitely get something out of it if you want to know why Russia looks the way it does today.


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Ebook Russia: Broken Idols, Solemn Dreams read Online! David K. Shipler reported for The New York Times from 1966 to 1988 in New York, Saigon, Moscow, Jerusalem, and Washington. He is the author of four other books, including the best sellers Russia and The Working Poor, and Arab and Jew, which won the Pulitzer Prize. He has been a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and has taught at Princeton University, at American University in Washington, D.C., and at Dartmouth College. "


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