One in the series "The Land, Peoples and Cultures" created by Bobbie Kalman, this edition features Russia and, in particular, its people. Gorgeous color photographs and well-researched text describe the various aspects of life among the 130 ethnic groups of this vast commonwealth. The book is divided into areas that describe Russia's history, some of the major ethnic groups, the importance of family and customs, city and rural life, schools, sports, and foods, for instance. It is an interesting peek into the life of a country so vast in size and in cultures. Readers should be cautioned that it is difficult to describe a country so multicultural in a few short paragraphs much as it would be in trying to describe the people of the US. Including a map of the Commonwealth would have been a nice as a reminder of just how vast it is. Overall, it is a nice beginning. An extensive glossary and an index are included at the end. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.