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Posted December 22, 2012
An interesting nonfiction work. Basically a travelogue of Eastern Europe lands which have been in dispute and turmoil for centuries. Mass slaughter and cultural cleansing by Nazis and Stalinists are the most recent instances of the mayhem that has historically befallen the borderlands. Author Applebaum takes the reader for a journey from the Baltic down to the Crimea and while traveling visits a variety of locales in the borderlands area. Most interesting in terms of the character portrayals and the history of the places she stops in. I enjoyed the book immensely and find that my interest in visiting some of those locales has been piqued. Pick it up and enjoy the author's smooth style and intelligent telling of a corner of the world both magical and horrific.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.