Russia: A Journey to the Heart of a Land and its People (Hardback)
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Russia: A Journey to the Heart of a Land and its People (Hardback)

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Hardback 576 Pages / Published: 01/05/2008
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Winston Churchill famously described Russia as 'a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma'. Even today it remains a country little understood by the West. But as a resurgent world power, with an energy-rich economy, we ignore Russia at our peril. In this timely and revealing portrait, distinguished author and broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby crosses eight time zones and covers 10,000 miles, from Murmansk in the Arctic Circle to the Asian city of Vladivostok, in an attempt to get beneath the skin of modern Russia. Travelling by road, rail and boat, his epic journey takes him from the neo-classical splendour of St Petersburg to remote and inaccessible parts of Siberia. At the heart of this magisterial account are Jonathan's encounters with a diverse range of ordinary Russians - from urban intellectuals and the new class of entrepreneurs, to impoverished peasants and Russia's ethnic minorities struggling to cling to their distinctive identities.Jonathan was the only British television journalist to interview President Gorbachev during the Cold War, and, returning to Russia for the first time since those days, he discovers a land transformed. But despite economic progress, he finds aspects of Russian society deeply troubling, and takes an unflinchingly critical look at the way Russia has been run during the Putin years. For Jonathan, crossing the immense Russian landmass became as much an interior journey as an exterior one, and the book contains painfully honest passages as he struggles to meet the challenges of an arduous film trip against the backdrop of great turbulence in his personal life. Filled with a dazzling array of historical and literary references, "Russia - A Journey to the Heart of a Land and Its People" is a riveting and illuminating account of modern Russia.

Publisher: Ebury Publishing
ISBN: 9780563539124
Number of pages: 576
Weight: 1000 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 49 mm

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“Russia”

President Medvedev's Russia may not be not currently in great shape. Russia's population is falling and is expected to fall from 150 million (in 2008) to 120 million in forty years time. Defying the trend of... More

Paperback edition
3rd August 2009
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“A fascinating travelogue...”

Russia is a country I'd always wanted to read about- the varied landscapes, the numerous peoples, the harsh climates, the bloody history... and on most levels, this offering didn't disappoint.

Jonathan... More

Paperback edition
22nd February 2013
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