A 1,000 Year Chronicle of the Wild East

By Martin Sixsmith
(Overlook Press, Hardcover, 9781590207239, 611pp.)

Publication Date: March 21, 2012

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Combining in-depth research with his personal experiences as the BBC Moscow correspondent for almost twenty years, Sixsmith tells Russia's full and fascinating story, from its foundation in the last years of the tenth century to the first years of the twenty-first, skillfully tracing the conundrums of modern Russia to their roots in its troubled past. Covering politics, music, literature and art, he explores the myths Russians have created from their history.
Marking the twentieth anniversary of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, "Russia" is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the complex political landscape of Russia and its unique place in the modern world.

About the Author
Martin Sixsmith is a journalist and the author of several fiction and nonfiction books. From 1980 to 1997 he worked as the BBC's correspondent in Moscow, Washington, Brussels, and Warsaw, and from 1997 to 2002 as director of communications for the British government. He lives in London.
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