OPEN DISCUSSION: Your Suggestions - Best Books About Russia?
We're making a list, and checking it twice
We are putting together a list of non-fiction books about Russia which we particularly recommend, both recent and past, which we want to feature on Russia Insider.
There are so many awful and misleading books about Russia out there - we thought it would be a community service to point readers in the direction of what we believe to be worthwhile, many of which get very little publicity.
Perhaps we should also have a list of books which, if you want to understand Russia, you should avoid reading at all costs. It would include most of the titles routinely hawked by the New York Times, The New Yorker, The NY and London Reviews of Books, Etc. which are owned and staffed, to judge by their recommendations, by fire-breathing Russia haters. But that is a project for another day.
Your input is very important to us.
Following are a handful of titles that occurred to me off the top of my head, including some of my favorites from times past. It is in no way comprehensive or well thought out. Just something to start with.
|Everyday Saints||Bishop Tikhon||2012|
|Land of the Firebird||Suzanne Massie||1980|
|The Big Red Train Ride||Eric Newby||1978|
|The Essential Saker||The Saker||2015|
|Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands||Richard Sakwa||2016|
|Does Russia Have a Future?||Gil Doctorow||2015|
|Lectures on Russian Literature||Vladimir Nabokov||1980|
|Black Earth - A Journey Through Russia After the Fall||Andrew Meier||2005|
|Architecture at the End of the Earth: Photographing the Russian North||William Brumfield||2015|
If you have any suggestions, we would be very interested to hear them.
Books do not have to be well known or have sold well - the only criteria is that they give a worthy insight into Russian life, society, history, culture, travel, religion, or politics, without the Russophobia so rampant in most non-fiction work about Russia.
If you have a suggestion, please make it in the comments section below.
Thanks, and a very Merry Christmas to all of you.
Charles Bausman, Editor