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Posted July 31, 2004
The dumbest thing about this book is the subtitle, ¿A Journey Through Russia....¿ To most that sounds like some superficial travelog and if that is what you are looking for, this book certainly will not rate better than a single star. Meier has done in-depth journalistic studies of the people and politicians of Moscow, Chechnya, Norilsk, the infamous Gulag city,Vladivostok and Sakhalin, and St. Petersburg. The book does its best to describ the ¿riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma,¿ as Churchill described Russia. Meier shows us that the Russian people are sweet, kind, industrious, lazy, destructive, horrible and desperate. The most valuable lesson may be in his investigation of Chechnya and the terrible waste that has occurred there.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 29, 2004
Black Earth is a classic journey through post-communist Russia. The author, Andrew Meier captivates the emotions and feelings of the real people of Russia throughout his long journey. Meier journeys from Moscow through the Caucauses Mtns. then to Siberia and Sakhalin where he turns back to head toward Moscow once again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.