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Consuming Russia: Popular Culture, Sex, and Society Since Gorbachev
by Adele Marie Barker
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 June, 1999)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Students of Russia need this book
Going to Russia? Buy it. Interested in reading about contemporary Russia beyond what the newspapers tell you? Buy it. Taking a class on Russian culture? Buy it. I really can't recommend this book enough for specialists and novices alike. There's something to please everybody here.

5-0 out of 5 stars A fascinating view on post-Soviet Russia
This book has the rare quality of being a classroom text as well as a report. Today's Russia. Pyramid schemes, religion, rave parties,rock music, detective stories, cinema, pets, porn, graffiti, tattooing... the carnivalof crazy New Russia to be read overnight. A shock. ... Read more

Isbn: 0822323133
Sales Rank: 473503
Subjects:  1. Anthropology - Cultural    2. Civilization    3. Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union    4. Popular Culture - General    5. Popular culture    6. Russia (Federation)    7. Sex    8. Social Science    9. Sociology   


The Russian's World: Life and Language
by Genevra Gerhart
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 December, 1994)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Prosto zamechatelnaya knizhka
It cannot be easy to describe an entire country, its People, its culture and its customs, in 400-odd pages. Nonetheless, that is exactly what Ms. Gerhart has done here.

She covers not only the basics, the "everything you want to know about Russia" -- she delights her readers by covering several things they may not have realized they wanted to know. For instance, the intelligentsia ordinarily shies away from discussing slang and "mat", perhaps thinking it beneath them. Yet Ms. Gerhart recognizes that, as a practical matter, this is something that simply has to be covered for people visiting or living in real-world Russia. You may not want to use bad words yourself, but you certainly want to know when the gentlemen in the flat-top haircuts and leather coats, walking towards you outside the metro station, are using them towards you... So in a completely proper and not at all vulgar manner, she tells you everything you really need to know about cursing in Russian -- along with a clear injunction to "not try this at home" yourself.

Personally, my favorite part of the book was her discussion of tools used in woodworking, a hobby of mine. I found the translations of these words, not commonly needed by a tourist in Russia, invaluable when I went on a short shopping spree seeking locally forged axes and chisels in podmoskovia. This section may not be for everyone, but it is demonstrative of a point I wish to make about the book as a whole: While not everything in the book may interest everyone, everyone who reads the book will find something that interests them -- perhaps something they never expected to find there.

5-0 out of 5 stars a really wonderful book!
I have the 1974 paperback edition, and I can't give it enough praise.It's simply awesome!It gives a unique insight into the customs of Russian people as related to their history, their land, and their language.In the preface, the author states that her goal is to "explain in what physical ways the Russian world differs from [the American], both the given world of nature and the world of objects the Russian and his forbears have created to cope with it."In this she has succeeded beautifully.In many ways, everyday Russian life is powerfully affected by environment and tradition.Here is everything you need to know before you go.One of my travel tourguide books claims that many American visitors are "ultimately disappointed" by Russia.This is because they do not experience the *real* Russia, nor even know what to expect.If you are planning a vacation trip, read this book first and your visit will be much enhanced.If you stay there with Russian friends and associates, this book will enable you to understand and appreciate their quite different customs.And if you are learning Russian, this book gives a fascinating insight into the relationship between the language and the people who speak it.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you are going there, buy this book
Having lived in Russia for the last two years, and dealt with Russians and Russian life daily, I believe the author has accurately summarized everything you should know prior to arriving or doing business here. Useful for both the unstudied tourist and students of Russian language. ... Read more

Isbn: 0155010530
Sales Rank: 1054499
Subjects:  1. Anthropology - Cultural    2. Archaeology / Anthropology    3. Foreign Language Study    4. Language    5. Russian    6. Russia   

Afghanistan: A Russian Soldier's Story
by Vladislav Tamarov
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (November, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Real Thing
This is the most amazing book I have read all year! It's not just a story, in his own words, from a young Russian soldier in that terrible place, but it is a photo book full of the most beautiful but tragic black and white photos. You see the haunted faces of Vladimir Tamarov (the author and photographer) and his brother soldiers, many of which did not make it back. And as you read his haunted words, how he came back and could not ever be the same, how his friends who died there visit him in his dreams. They were eighteen and nineteen but they look sixteen. The title "Soviet Vietnam" is quite haunting. I believe if I met the author now I would be reminded of our own boys who were damaged by Vietnam. They also were just draftees (conscripts) in a place where they did not want to be. As for our soldiers who are now in Afghanistan, it's true they are fighting the same vicious enemy as Vladimir did! But, don't our men look ever so much better fed, and organized, and equipped, and trained, then those poor Soviet conscripts? I reccommend this book so highly, I would personally buy a copy for all my friends.

5-0 out of 5 stars A memoir you will NEVER forget!
Here is a riveting memoir by Vladislav Tamarov. In 1984 men were drafted into the Soviet Army at the age of eighteen. There was no choice. Unless you were in college or disabled, you served. Many men broke their legs to avoid serving. Others, the more wealthy, bribed their way out. Vlad was in college two years when the law changed and he was off to boot camp. Training the men needed, they never received. Training the men did NOT need, they got. (For example, lots of time was spent learning to parachute, even though it was a well known fact that no one used parachutes in Afghanistan.)

Vlad was born January 12, 1965. His "Date of Military Service Application" was April 26, 1984. This memoir really began when an officer walked up to Vlad at a distribution center and asked, "Do you want to serve in the commandos, the Blue Berets?" Vlad kept a tiny calendar where he crossed off his six hundred and twenty-one days, one-at-a-time. Vlad kept detailed records of each mission he participated in. He had his own little code, shown in this memoir. Two hundred and seventeen of those days were spent on combat missions. In addition to Vlad's coded diary, he secretly took many photographs. This book has dozens of the pictures littered throughout, and makes a powerful impact on those who read it.

***** Vlad, a minesweeper, portrays the horrors of war in vivid details. The reader can almost hear the explosions nearby and smell the fear of being shot at. Once you have read THIS book, you will never forget it! *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch.

A truly moving personal account about the War in Afghanistan by VladimirTamarov,born in 1965 in Leningrad, who served twenty months in that conflict.The many facesof evil in war, the coming of age from boy to man, the senseless killing of human beings, are topics that powerfully emerge from Tamarov's "diary of war".The book contains truly interesting photographs which tell ataleof haunted faces, fear, beautiful landscapes, the quiet moments of relaxation before doom and mayhem, camaraderie, that visually transport you to that nonsensical conflict.
The pictures captions come fromthe author's war diary. They reach, at times, powerful lyricallevels when dwelling about the central issues of the "personal experience of participation" in war. But at the end, the revelations about thestupidly conceived privileges of the brass, the manipulation of the gun ho adrenaline ofthe young soldiers, the doubts about the sense and rightness of the fight , the telling dreams about thehorror of the annihilation of the innocents, all fade away.
Only the ultimate reflection of the fighting soldier, in all the wars that have been fought, remains, with detailed form. You are there only to survive and protectthe guy next to you in the foxhole, the only one who really cares about you when the bullets are flying around.The most difficult and daunting times in the life of a young man, who has fought as a soldier and survived to tell the tale,are here, poignantly, but at the same time withsad detachment, recalled in a manner that will make you think profoundly about the banality of war.Kudos to the author for this inspired personal diary, about his experience in Afghanistan. A review by your friend Luciano Lupini. ... Read more

Isbn: 1580084168
Sales Rank: 163381
Subjects:  1. 1965-    2. Afghanistan    3. Asia - General    4. Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union    5. History    6. History - Military / War    7. History: World    8. Military - Other    9. Personal narratives, Soviet    10. Soviet occupation, 1979-1989    11. Tamarov, Vladislav,   


Authorized International Edition Of The Soyuzmultfilm Library(in Russian), Vol. 26:Nu Pogadi #10-18
Director: V. Kotenochkin
VHS Tape (01 June, 1997)
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Asin: B00003ZAW5
Sales Rank: 74837
Subjects:  1. Kids & Family    2. Animation   

Russian Favourites
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 April, 1996)
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2-0 out of 5 stars Sound quality
The songs that are chosen on this CD are excellent.The problem, the sound recording is not great.It is clear, but when the choir sings in a low tone, it is simply cannot be heard.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Trip to Soviet Russia
In the 1970's, it seemed that defectors from the USSR made headlines in American newspapers every day. When a dancer defected, it was always believed that artistic freedom was the cause. When writers defected, it was due to the controversy surrounding their works. Athletes were usually viewed as wanting a taste of the good life, but when the Red Army Choir defected, it was a sweet victory for the west. These people were the symbol of all the USSR stood for and sang anthems praising the Soviets, yet they longed for freedom. We loved it when they defected.

Even though many of the songs performed by the ensemble praised the virtues of the Soviet Union, western audiences love the group. No it was not due to be soft on Communism. The group had a sound that was addictive and possessed terrific musical gifts, all of which can be found in this recording.

Listening to this recording is almost nostalgic now that the Soviet Union is no longer, but the recording has a certain appeal. It includes all the favorites including Meadowlands (Polyushku pole), Dark Eyes, Moscow Nights, and the Volga Boatman's Song, probably the best piece on the recording. The ensemble performs well together, the band give the music a distinct sound, and while the soloists are not perfect, the imperfections somehow seem appropriate.

There are more expensive recordings by this ensemble, but this budget CD is not just well worth the price, it is actually one of the best available.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Value
Considering the number of classic songs and the price, you really can't go wrong here. like another poster, i was a bit dissapointed by some very low music in some selections. but for the most part, the quality is quite good and the music is a very nice way to begin to understand and learn about the Russian people. ... Read more

Asin: B00000145A
Sales Rank: 7187
Subjects:  1. Band    2. Chamber    3. Choral    4. Classical    5. Miscellaneous    6. Nationalist    7. Opera    8. Russia    9. Vocal   


Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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In the Soviet Union it was forbidden to shoot home movies, but noteddirector Nikita Mikhalkov (who won an Oscar® for Burnt by the Sun)ignored that prohibition and secretly filmed his daughter Anna across a spanof 13 years. Every year Mikhalkov would ask the child the same five questions,and the film from their casual interviews would be secretly processed. Thisintimate look at a little girl's growing consciousness became the backbone ofwhat turned out to be a startling and brilliant documentary. Mikhalkov happenedto be surreptitiously filming his daughter during a span of time when the SovietUnion would change enormously, as Leonid Brezhnev died and his successorsgradually began making changes that would lead to the dismantling of the USSRand the emergence of a new Russia. Footage of a young Anna smiling and answeringher father's questions are deftly contrasted with newsreel footage of a Communistyouth rally presided over by the aged Leonid Brezhnev. And at one point, as Annagets older, she mentions her fear of "giving wrong answers," and the stiflingatmosphere created by the Soviet state becomes apparent. As things begin tochange profoundly in the late 1980s, a loosening society is shown, and Anna'sown development into a thoughtful young woman becomes an analogue for changingattitudes in Russia itself. This film is a profound and powerful meditation onboth family and nationhood, and it stands as a remarkable work of art. --RobertJ. McNamara ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars Simple and sweet
Sometimes, it is the simplest, sweetest things in life that have the most impact on one's psyche.As a student of international relations, my focus is Russia and Eastern Europe.This film is not a piece filled with overly-artistic, distracting elements.It is a simple piece on the life of a young girl, growing up under Soviet rule, who later experiences the demise of what she was she was taught to love.

Perhaps it is compelling because the film is set at a time in which I can personally remember these events. As a young girl, a slight bit younger than Anna, I can relate to Anna's story, albeit from a different perspective, that makes this film so enticing.

It is an interesting look into the life of a family under Soviet rule, and its demise.It paints an image of life that is unforgettable and undeniably interesting.It is truly a gift to be able to peer into someone's personal experience under something so callous and cold as the Soviet rule.This film is a combination of documentary and film , brilliantly combined to exoke myriad emotions.

Do not expect too much from this work and you can see the masterpiece that it is.Anna is truly an enjoyable film, even for those not specifically intrigued with Russian culture.Enjoy.

In a nutshell: daughter Anna gets fatter, Russia loses some weight.The pretentious voiceover is so deadpan that you realize the Anna's father/director actually convinces himself that his forbidden home movies have meaning beyond his own wishful (f)artistic pseudomartyrdom.Plays like a bad segment from Michael Apted's __UP series on continuous repeat with a voice-over pasted on from the boringest most egotistical professor you've ever had.

3-0 out of 5 stars Educational but Hardly Enlightening
Mikhalkov may have just as well labeled Anna "for Western audiences only."His narrative is a catalogue of disparate and incongruous thoughts, commentaries and ideas that flooded the public discourse in Russia in the immediate wake of the Soviet Union's collapse.The film's usefulness is limited to chronicling, not providing an insightful analysis of, what happened in the last days of the Soviet Union.Word of caution:Mikhalkov's perspective is unmistakeably Russian, unfailingly ignorant of or oblivious to the experiences of non-Russian peoples in USSR--Balts, Central Asians and other non-Slavs.

I must admit the flowery, cliched language of Mikhalkov's voice-over (I am a native Russian speaker) left me irritated.The poetic pretensions of his commentary were designed, I am sure, to evoke the simultaneously unique and universal "humanness" of his own experiences and of those of his family, but they sounded banal at best and rang false at worst.I do not begrudge his having had a "dacha" near Moscow (in addition to a nice apartment in the city) or having a personal Mercedes in the early 1980s--he was a beloved actor and director in the Soviet cinema and he deserved the material rewards wrought by his labor. His perspective is not unwelcome, it is simply unrepresentative of the vast, overwhelming majority of people's experiences in the Soviet Union.

Mikhalkov's biggest failure in Anna is his inability to truly listen to what his daughter was saying without attempting to find validation for his own theories.Because I at times saw myself in Anna (we are the same age and I also grew up in the Soviet Union), I was somewhat upset at Mikhalkov's inability to trust her, trust that the naivete and purity of childhood will eventually give way to serious contemplation and that inevitably, Anna will understand the truth about the country she was born into.Did he not say in the beginning of the film that he cried at the news of Stalin's death?He also seems to think that indoctrination only occurs in oppressive regimes and does not realize that imparting any information to children qualifies as indoctrination.There is nothing inherently strange or "communist" about being afraid of war.American kids in the 1970s and 1980s grew up on Red Dawn, for Pete's sake, and were as terrified of invading "Russians" as Russians were of America.

And the conclusion, frankly, is not a conclusion at all.Crying at the mention of one's country may be a sign of patriotism, as Anna does.What I want to know is whether Anna came back to Russia after studying in Switzerland.That would be a befitting end to the story of her self-discovery and a true test of her patriotism. ... Read more

Asin: 1567301630
Subjects:  1. Foreign Film - Russian   


Russian Lacquer, Legends and Fairy Tales
by Lucy Maxym
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (01 August, 1981)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Artistry in miniature
Lucy Maxym has written two authoritative books on the subject of Russian fairy tales and the beautiful laquer art that depicts these folktales. This is one volume of a two volume set. Unfortunately there is no cover art available online to show the magnificent scene shown from Voron Voronovich or The Raven. When the book is opened up it shows the complete panel that is the actual size. There are over one hundred full color plates that are beyond description with their delicate intricacy and unsurpassed attention to minute detail. The precise tempura egg based brush strokes are unbelieveable. They are in a word, exquisite. I've enjoyed this book for years and have it handy for quick and easy inspiration. Many of the color illustrations are actual size which allows the viewer to appreciate the intricate finesse involved in the small works of art. Sometimes a magnifying glass helps to appreciate the fine detail. The subtlety and skill in producing these works of art is nothing short of amazing. The actual text is complete, concise and explains the nineteen Russian legends and fairy tales chosen. My own interest grew out of a collection of plates I have from some of these folktales where I wanted to know more about the story behind the magnificent laquered plates. I found this book to be helpful to understanding the tales and was even more pleased by the art work included. If you like Russian folktales or the miniature lacquer paintings this book will bring much joy throughout the years, year after year. Get both volumes for a double treat.

5-0 out of 5 stars Russian folk art and fairy tales
This is the second of two volumes of Russian fairy tales, illustrated with stunning color reproductions of "lacquer-miniature" masterpieces.The art of miniature oil painting began in Fedoskino centuries ago, andtoday features realistic renderings of village life, portraits, andarchetecture.The villages of Palekh, Kholui, and Mstera were long thecenter for ikon painting, with successive generations following thetradition of apprenticing with Masters.Ikons were painted with theextremely durable egg-tempura paints, utilizing natural dyes.After theBolshevik Revolution, iconography was discouraged, and painters from thesethree schools began depicting pagan folk tales, troikas and village life,heroic legend, history, and "inspirational" revolutionary themes. Traditional iconic style distinguishes the works of these little ruralvillages, whose artists still use the ancient techniques and materials. Many of today's Masters are currently working to restore treasured ikonsdamaged under Stalinist decree. The beautiful glossy photos in thesevolumes represent some of the best work of Russia's Master painters.Forcollectors of this appealing art, or for those who appreciate intricateRussian folk tales, the Lucy Maxym series is a wonderful addition to yourlibrary.

5-0 out of 5 stars Russian Folk Art and Fairy Tales
This is one of two volumes of Russian fairy tales, lavishly illustrated with full color reproductions of lacquer miniature paintings.This volume gives a fairly detailed description of the process of creating this folkart form, beginning with the fabrication of the papier-mache' box orplaque, through the mixing of the egg-tempura or oil paints, to the finedetails of the miniature masterpieces.All four Villages, or styles, oftheart are represented, featuring the works of world-reknowned Masters. For any collector of fine lacquer art from Palekh, Kholui, Mstera, andFedoskino; or for anyone who enjoys Russian folk tales; this is awonderful, high-quality book.It also makes a very nice gift. ... Read more

Isbn: 0940202018
Sales Rank: 315739
Subjects:  1. Crafts / Hobbies    2. Fairy tales    3. Lacquer and lacquering    4. Legends    5. Miniatures    6. Painting In Specific Media    7. Russia (Federation)    8. Soviet Union   

The moment between the past and the future
by Grigorii IAkovlevich Baklanov
Unknown Binding (1994)

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Jack Frost - The Movie
Director: Aleksandr Rou
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
VHS Tape (23 November, 1994)
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2-0 out of 5 stars Belongs in Russia
Alesandr Rou's fairy tales don't travel well. They are very Russian and hard to understand outside of the USSR. He made many films of this type but I have not enjoyed any of them. This one makes no sense. If you want a good Russian faity tale get THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA, also very Russian but quite different, great fun and understandable.

2-0 out of 5 stars Whew!
Frankly, this movie is the pits.There's a reason it was included in the Mystery Science Theater lineup, and unsurprisingly it's because what you've got here is a bizarrely staged fairy tale that fails on oh-so-many levels.The costumes and sets are hokey, the dubbing is atrocious, the effects are ridiculous, and even as budgetary constraints prevented the film from looking as magical as a fairy tale should, the filmmakers apparently decided that they could make up for it with the sort of slapstick that will appeal only to slow children under the age of ten.Entertaining only as schlock.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, enchanting, precious, and fun
A wonderful movie for both adults and children.Laughs and maybe some tears.Some tech details left off Amazon's page:languages: Russian, also dubbed English and French; subtitles: Russian, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Italian, and Japanese. Remixed to Dolby 5.1 (variable quality, sometimes electronically reprossed for stereo, some mono); full screen; 84 minutes; among the extras: an interview with the grown-up lead actress (what a change!).There are two versions: one with the title MOPO3KO on the cover playable in all regions (my copy), and this one.The first you can find in Russian stores.If you're learning Russian, this is probably beyond second year, but you can follow the subtitles.Very good picture quality.Totally enjoyable.Now one of my all-time favorites. Buy it! ... Read more

Asin: 6303276261
Sales Rank: 33411
Subjects:  1. Christmas   


Russian Motion Verbs for Intermediate Students (Yale Language Series)
by William Mahota
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Paperback (24 April, 1996)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Good content, no key
Russian verbs of motion are undoubtedly one of the main hurdles to overcome to become accurate and functional in the language. This book on motion verbs fills a gap left when the Khavronina version went out of print. Mahota's book is very well planned and does a very good job of explaining the verbs of motion in bite-sized chunks. Plenty of real-world, useful examples are given throughout, as well as ample opportunity to practise what you have learnt for yourself. So why three stars? Although the content is excellent, and useful for any student of Russian I would imagine, the book has no key to any of the exercises, so you can only use it with a teacher! In my opinion, the lack of key reduces the value of this book by half because no student studying by himself can use it effectively beyond the explanations, as there is no feedback for the exercises! This is a serious lack of foresight, as there are a lot of self-study language learners out there these days. Add to that the fact that you are paying 30 dollars for an incomplete book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book for Students of Russian!
I've been a Russian-language teacher / learner for well over two decades now and out of the twelve books I have pertaining to Russian verbs, this is by far my favorite and the most useful for either a student or a teacher. I call myself a teacher / learner both because I have taught Russian at both the highschool, college, and university level, but because I think that learning a language is a continual process (even for one's native language) and I'm still learning happily!

For students it has a comprehensive and not-overly-complicated explanation of how Russian verbs work grammatically with coherent examples and, best of all, wonderful illustration that make comprehending the complicated (in comparison with English) Russian verb system accessible. It has easy work sheets, which can be used in the book or xeroxed for multiple uses.

For teachers, those same work sheets can be made as in-class reinforcement of the verb section in your primary textbook. It also has such wonderful explanations of how the verb system works (I wish I could explain it as wonderfully as the author does with my imperfect English) that I frequently borrow his explanations for the home-made handouts and reference sheets that I prepare for my students.

I highly recommend this book in addition to the main textbook that a student may be using or as a side study to help a student master Russian verbs. This book is especially useful when combined with "501 Russian Verbs: Fully Conjugated in All the Tenses Alphabetically Arranged (501 Verbs Series)" by Thomas R., Jr. Beyer.

If you want to eventually speak Russian fluently then this book is a great way to start!

4-0 out of 5 stars I've been told it's not completely idiomatic
It's impossible that any decent book on Russian verbs of motion wouldn't be helpful, and I think this book does a pretty good job.However, I've been told by native speakers that the language is a little awkward. ... Read more

Isbn: 0300064136
Sales Rank: 99604
Subjects:  1. General    2. Language    3. Motion    4. Reference    5. Russian    6. Russian Language    7. Terminology    8. Verb    9. Foreign Language Study / Russian   


Park Gor'kogo
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (02 May, 2000)
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2-0 out of 5 stars It was supposed to be Billy Joel!!!!
This band visited my high school back in 1990.They seemed like nice guys but then again nice doesn't mean good.Look at the band Lifer.I met them at their release party and they were cool guys.Problem was the music was terrible.Same thing with Gorky Park.Maybe it was the fact we all thought we were going to see Billy Joel but instead we get.....GORKY PARK??It's a moment I can reflect back on and laugh when I am awake but when I sleep at night I toss and turn with Bang playing in my nightmares endlessly.I then wake up in a cold sweat.I can understand and respect that every other review on here loves the album but I can honestly say I did not like the album at all.I remember when I received this CD as a gag gift.Within a year I threw it away.

5-0 out of 5 stars My review
Why are you still reading the review? Go to the nearest shop and get that album.
This is their first album. I have all of their albums: Gorky Park, Moscow Calling, Stare, Protivofazza. Well I'm from Ukraine and it's much easier to find CD of Gorky Park here. If you need some of their mp3's just mail me at EETFUKExp@yahoo.com
Unfortunately this great band does not exist from 1998.
Also I recomend you to listen to the Russian band Aria(Àðèÿ) they also have awesome songs, but in Russian.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great album when it came out - Still great today
I was a senior in high school when Gorky Park first broke onto U.S. radio.Having grown up during the Cold War, my friends and I were amazed to hear a Russian band on the radio.While on senior trip, we stopped at the Hard Rock Cafe in Dallas.The piece of memorabilia that most impressed me was a guitar sent over by Gorky Park.It was a beautiful red (what else?) with the Soviet and American flag side by side on the body.This was just one of the first signs of the end of the Cold War.Not just a great album musically, but one that has some historical significance.And for those of you who want more from Gorky Park, they have more albums available for download at allofmp3. ... Read more

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Sales Rank: 39548
Subjects:  1. Hair Metal    2. Heavy Metal    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Russia   


Face of Russia Deluxe Box Set
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
VHS Tape (16 June, 1998)
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This fascinating three-volume documentary series reveals beautiful works of Russian art, from ancient icon paintings to magnificent architecture, literature, and cinema rarely seen by Western eyes. More than this, though, it shows how Russian art and culture have throughout history reflected the soul of the Russian people and continues to define the Russian experience. Political, social, and spiritual themes heavily influence Russian art, and in turn these artistic offerings have had profound effects on the way Russia sees itself. Now that Russia has reached yet another turning point on its turbulent road to stability, the question seems to be how its art and culture will respond to the fading of communism and the freedom of expression that comes with democracy. Narrator James N. Billington suggests that the changes will show, as upheaval in Russia has always shown, the resilience of Russia's artistic community and its determination to find and express its voice to the world. Broad in scope and enlightening in its study of historical and current art trends, this series is a must-see for anyone interested in the Russian culture--it's a work that future generations will surely revisit for its insightful perspective. --Ed Noble ... Read more


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4-0 out of 5 stars The best on Russia, thus far.
Face of Russia, the boxed set, offers the most comprehensive look into Russian art, history, and culture available thus far.However, it is not thorough enough to evoke a five star rating, simply because of the enormity of Russia and its history.

The tapes are an excellent way to get an over view of Russia, and even follow some elements further in depth.It does not, however, give a comprehensive overview of Russia.

One of the highlights of the film is that it travels outside the big cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, showing Russian culture from many perspectives, including the rural one.

The narrator brings us to some of the most beautiful cathedrals and shows us some of the most brilliant works of art known to man.His descriptions and enthusiasm are not lost on the audience.The narrator pulls us into each subject enticing us to learn more.

I suppose that is the main problem.With the excitement of the narrator for his subject, and my present interest in Russian culture, this set left me thirsting for more information.

Hopefully, some day, we will see a comprehensive set of videos released on Russia, it's history, art, and culture.Until then, this set will have to do, supplemented by other various sources.

Do not fear this tape set if you are not particularly familiar with Russia.I sat down to watch it, and my 12-year old sister sat down beside me, just as interested.It is a wonderful series for everyone!

Enjoy! 6/5/02

5-0 out of 5 stars an exceptional historical & cultural overview
This 3 tape set is beautifully directed by Murray Grigory, and written and hosted by James Billington, who obviously has much affection for his subject matter.
Tape # 1, "The Face on the Firewood": This starts with the extraordinary icon "Lady of Vladimir" and spends time exploring how icons survived through time and many wars, and gives many examples, including my favorite, Rublev's "Trinity". It also shows how modern art was influenced by this art form, showing pictures by Kandinsky and Malevich to prove the point.
Other subjects covered are church bells, onion domes, Stalin's destruction of sacred objects, and the Russian tendency to make things bigger than necessary.
Tape # 2, "The Facade of Power": Starts with the Kremlin, and then moves to St. Petersburg, showing how it was built, and it's elaborate, lavish palaces...then to the baroque mid 18th century Church of St. Andrew in Kiev, so far removed from the old churches of Russia. Gone were the intensely spiritual icons, replaced by ornate gold and European style paintings.
It also explores the magical writings of Gogol.
Tape 3, "Facing the Future": The resurgence of religion, the music of Mussorgsky (with marvelous clips from a 1954 filmed version of "Boris Godunov"), and the films of Sergei Eisenstein...it also includes clips from Georgian director Tenghiz Abuladze's amazing "Repentance".
This tape is perhaps my favorite, with it's emphasis on music and film.
A great set for anyone interested in Russian culture, each tape is 55 minutes long, and extremely educational as well as entertaining.

3-0 out of 5 stars The Face of Russia
A beautiful tour through the art,culture, history and religion (yes, that too!) focusing on contemporary problems, the difficulties of change in a still suffering land. Of particular interest to me was the resurrection ofRussian religious life, poignantly demonstrated by the rebuilding of theChurch of Christ the Saviour (destroyed by Stalin). An excellentintroduction to understanding the many enigmas of this land with somethingfor everyone as Billington provides a good narration with and excellentintroduction to Russian culture. Music fans will be delighted with theglimpse of Mussourgsky,and a brief interview with Rostropovich.Literature is not neglected either. A beautiful show! ... Read more

Asin: 0780020421
Subjects:  1. Art History/Portofolios   


Adam's Rib
Director: Vyacheslav Krishtofovich
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
VHS Tape (30 July, 1996)
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3-0 out of 5 stars GENERATIONS
Several generations of women live in one apartment and share (or sometimes hide) their problems. Strangely their problems are often unexpected and not at all what you would believe their respective problems to be. They are common problems... unwanted pregnancies, infidelity, broken families, etc. But the people affected by them are the most interesting and telling part of the film. This is not the best film I have ever seen, particularly from the usually very good Russian cinema, but it is passable and will engage you.

4-0 out of 5 stars A truthful representation of life in Soviet Union in the 80s
Without any exaggeration this movie portrays the family of four women, all crammed up in a tiny apartment. They all have their own problems and hardships but still manage to love and support each other.

To me this isa funny and dramatic tale, which managed to touch many aspects of sovietlifestyle in general and the place of soviet women in the society...Scarymoments of the movie came from flashbacks that the invalid grandmother ishaving. They revealed the truth about the Stalin's regime and dark secretsabout the woman herself.

This movie is both funny and sad. I would highlyrecommend it for anyone who is interested in learning more about life inthe former Soviet Union. I should know - I lived there until 1993...

4-0 out of 5 stars A great family situational comedic drama
The family dynamics in this film are wonderful; in particular, I laughed hardest when everything began to fall apart for each of the three main female characters.Best of all is the scene in which the mother's twoex-husband's and new boyfriend arrive for the invalid grandmother'sbirthday... and the youngest daughter reveals that she is pregnant.Thefilm gives insight on people's lives in the transitional years between theformer Soviet regime and the new influx of capitalism.Ultimately, it is ahumorous, uplifting story of how one family's misfortunes will draw themcloser together. ... Read more

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by AlexanderKaletski
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (24 May, 1985)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A novel for the Underground, and Above.
Kaletski has said that in many ways this novel is autobiographical.
( I have been lucky enough to interview him several times in the last couple of years. )
This autobiographical-ness may bewhy each word rings so true, even in the English translation. I wish I could read it in Russian...maybe one day.

One goes on the adventure with Kaletski, from the five-year-old's love of the Metro, through his adventures as a grown man living in Moscow.
Bittersweet and touching, it sometimes sounds more like Auschwitz, other times Paradis. It is always the conspiracy des'artistes.
Such a serious youngman is our main character and narrator, who is never sure of anything, and has a constant dialogue with himself-checking and rechecking his facts.He is very funny, too, and sometimes it's easy to miss.

"For quite a while, there was nohot water in the shower. I stood under the chilly spurts while I pondered the silly question Lenin posed the morning after the Revolution, 'Now what?'"

How can you not love that?Especially with current event is Russia, and the " election" in the Ukraine-this picture of a culture is very familiar again, I think.

Get it, read it, and look at Kaletski's wonderful illustrations, too.You won't be disappointed.

4-0 out of 5 stars subversion in the subway
Alexander Kaletski's dark comedy/docu-drama begins and ends in the Moscow subway system. On his seventh birthday, Sasha gets to ride the magnificent Metro, deservedly world-renowned marvel of Soviet artistry and engineering. Little Sasha also receives a mask, and his future is already clear: he will live in the big city and be an actor! In time, Kaletski leaves his home village of Tula to attend theatrical school in Moscow; and it is here that he falls in with the characters who populate the Underground of his novel. Sasha's bohemian buddies include Stas, a pill-popping homosexual prankster; and Toilik, a vodka-swilling dissident war Hero; Andrewlka, a womanizing black-marketeer and part-time KGB informant; and Youssef, a phallus-obsessed Black exchange-student of Sudanese royalty. And strong-willed Lena, starving actress, poet, musician, and soulmate to Sasha. A little band of subversives bonded together for survival, without propiska (coveted Moscow residency certificate), and often without work, food, or money. Gradually Kaletski rises in the theatrical field to become a popular television star, but the greater his success in Soviet Art, the more he loathes being a part of it. His first-person narrative, both funny and frightening, relates his numerous encounters with thuggish police, backstabbing directors, cold-blooded conscriptors, predatory "pumas", and disapproving Communist Party-poopers -- all seemingly conspiring to crush his creative spirit. Even while the ubiquitous banners assure him "In the USSR Life Gets Better and Better Every Day". When his theatrical troupe goes on closely-guarded tour to New York City, Sasha finds life-changing inspiration. He and Lena dream of defecting to America, where they will be free to express their artistic individuality. "Metro" is an engaging novel, at its best when depicting autobiographical realism of former Soviet life. The reader is wholly drawn into the adventure and struggle, Sasha's emigration scheme, and the antics and fates of his comrades. Then the novel rather suddenly and perplexingly self-detonates in a bizarre climax involving an arms-smuggler and a KGB shootout. The author has lived in New York since 1975, where he has had success exhibiting his artistic talent at leading galleries. He has published several books of his abstract works, including "Cardboard People" and "Dead Ancestors". ... Read more

Isbn: 0670805114
Sales Rank: 476321
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Red Heat
Director: Walter Hill
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
VHS Tape (29 August, 2000)
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After scoring a hit with the Eddie Murphy-Nick Nolte cop thriller 48 Hours, director Walter Hill returned to the buddy formula with this half-ridiculous, half-invigorating action flick about humorless Russian cop Ivan Danko (Arnold Schwarzenegger). He follows a drug dealer from Moscow to Chicago, where he's matched up with city cop Art Ridzik (James Belushi), whose work ethic is considerably more relaxed. Most of the humor revolves around Danko's grumpy reaction to good ol' American capitalism, while Ridzik urges him to chill out. Red Heat is not bad as action comedies go, but only if you get into the absurd spirit of this predictable fare, in which the unlikely buddies get to wisecrack and act casually while mayhem erupts everywhere they go. Incidentally, Red Heat was the first American film allowed to shoot in Moscow's Red Square. --Jeff Shannon ... Read more


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4-0 out of 5 stars "How do the Soviets handle tension and stress?"

Arnold Schwartzenegger plays a Russian policeman assigned to persue a Russian cocaine dealer (Viktor). Schwartzenegger almost arrested Viktor in Russia, but instead shot his brother.Viktor escapes to the United States where he is quickly captured and held prisoner in Chicago. Jim Belushi plays Schwartzenegger's American partner. When the drug dealer escapes, the two policeman must overcome their differences in order to stop Viktor.

"You were right about that chess move.I was dead in two moves."
"It was obvious."

Walter Hill (Last Man Standing, Another 48 Hrs., 48 Hrs., The Warriors, and the upcoming The Warriors scheduled for 2006) directs Red Heat.I did like the action, and over all feel of the movie.He does a good job of providing an on screen chemistry between Belushi and Schwartzenegger.However, there were a few scenes that did not need to be included.Why did we need to see Belushi arguing with his former brother-in-law?I found that part annoying.I also read he had Schwartzenegger lose 10-15 lbs for the role, and had Belushi put on 10 lbs (was there a time Belushi was too thin?)

"Do you think those are home grown?"

Pruitt Taylor Vince (Identity, The Cell, Monster, and Constantine) has a minor role as the night clerk.Laurence Fishburne also has a bit part as a butt-kissing police officer who does not like Belushi.Gina Gershon (Pretty in Pink, Face/off, and Cocktail) plays Viktor's wife.

"...and protect ourselves from the poisons of the west."

Overall Red Heat is an ok movie, nothing special, and not one of Schwartzenegger's top 5 films (Connan, Predater, Terminator 2, True Lies, and The Runningman).Nevertheless, it is entertaining and worth watching.There are a few funny pieces of dialogue, and there is plenty of action.Not a must have DVD for your collection.

Grade: B-

2-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as 1st release
Don't bother wasting your money if you think you are upgrading like I did. The earlier ARTISAN release is still much better than this special edition. The image is better and ALSO the sound. I don't know what Lions gate thought they were doing, but remastered? no. I compared both several times before writing this even though I only had to compare once. Might as well wait for a HD DVD to come out, this is a waste unless you want the additional features.

3-0 out of 5 stars You look like Gumby in that thing...
This is a pretty decent Schwarzenegger flick, but I was a tad underwhelmed by the whole thing. Arnold plays a detective from Russia on the hunt for an old foe, Viktor, who has escaped to the Windy City. Schwarzenegger then travels there and teams up with a wise-cracking cop played by Jim Belushi to hunt down Viktor. Obviously this is the same theme that runs through EVERY buddy-action movie, but that's not the problem. I actually wished there were more so-called buddy moments in the movie to make it more amusing. This movie is ok, and it's definitely NOT bad. If you're looking for more of an all-out action movie, give it a shot. If you're looking for pure Arnold '80s cheese, go for 'Commando', or 'The Running Man' instead. Either way, this one's only worth a late night rental. ... Read more

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Here Comes the Cat
by Frank Asch Vladimir Vagin
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
School & Library Binding (01 February, 1989)
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5-0 out of 5 stars unique collaboration
Here Comes the Cat is an exciting collaboration between an American writer and a Russian illustrator.Both Frank Asch and Vladimir Vagin play their parts distinctively.The story is filled with suspense, exciting action, and a thought-provoking reversal.The mice characters, representing humans of many ethnicities, react to the news of an approaching cat.The words, found in text balloons, repeat the exclamation, "Here comes the cat!"Yet in every case, we find them in both English and Russian.Signs on stores, also in both languages, offer a wider variety of reading opportunities.The book introduces first-grade readers to the concept of translation.All the visual elements of the book, from the calligraphic text to the full-page illustrations, have a strong and authentic Russian style.The art is excellent.

5-0 out of 5 stars "10-star" childrens' book in English and Russian!
A little Mouse, aloft in his balloon, sees an ominous shadow approaching the country of his people!Fleeing homeward, he cries warning to every Mouse he meets: "Here comes the Cat!Ciuda idyot Kot!"Soon the alarm is being passed from one to the other, until the entire Mouse population awaits in dread the arrival of the Cat.What will happen when Mice and Cat come face to face?Something quite unexpected!Significantly, this lovely little book is the creation of two authors, one American and the other Russian.After meeting in 1986 at a Soviet/American childrens' book symposium, they decided to collaborate on a tale with a message of harmonious coexistence.Vladimir Vagin's exquisite, highly-detailed, colorful paintings must be seen to be appreciated.And Frank Asch's story of fear and friendship will warm the hearts of adults and children lucky enough to read "Here Comes the Cat!" ... Read more

Isbn: 0590418599
Sales Rank: 420364
Subjects:  1. Cats    2. Children's 4-8    3. Children: Grades 2-3    4. Fiction    5. Friendship    6. General    7. Mice    8. Russian language materials   

A Russian Moment
by Bill Harris
Hardcover (15 October, 1991)
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Sales Rank: 1839323
Subjects:  1. 1970-    2. Bargain Books    3. Description    4. Description and travel    5. Non-Classifiable    6. Sale Adult - Travel - Foreign    7. Soviet Union    8. Views   

Polar Star
by Martin Cruz Smith
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Paperback (13 June, 1990)
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best mystery writers out there today...
Polar Star by Martin Cruz Smith is the second in his Arkady Renko series, and the sequel to his bestselling book, Gorky Park.Things ended badly for Moscow investigator Renko in Gorky Park.He's been fired from his job and removed from the party.Polar Star opens with Renko relegated to as close to a modern day Siberian work camp as you can get-a fishing factory ship called the Polar Star in the Bering Sea.Renko has spent a good part of a year stuck on the "slime line," where he guts and cleans fish.

Events change quickly for Renko when a young, flirtatious cafeteria worker is scooped up in a fishing net, murdered.Renko is called on by the ship's captain to help assist as Renko is the only person on board with a background in investigation.At first, the officer running the investigation tries to convince everyone it was an accident.But Renko knows better, and finally convinces enough people that he is allowed to investigate independently.

The Polar Star is working on a joint fishing expedition alongside American ships, and the possible suspects include not just Russians, but also, Americans.But as more crew members turn up dead, Renko's job becomes more perilous and his life is in danger.There aren't too many good places to hide on a fishing boat.The last chapters will have you on the edge of your seat!

I am amazed that Cruz Smith can write about Russian characters in a way that penetrates their psyche in such a convincing manner (especially considering he isn't Russian).Polar Star is also fascinating in that it takes place during the tail end of the Soviet Era, and we get a glimpse of how Russian's struggled to "see things in a new way."Usually, this "new way" was contrary to communist doctrine.Also, not much is known about these joint US-Soviet fishing expeditions.Americans and Russians certainly make for strange bedfellows. The KGB and CIA are always lurking in the background as they each try to spy on the other.Polar Star is also interesting in that it fills in the gaps since Gorky Park.Renko had many unresolved issues at the end of book one.

Only one thing would have improved this almost perfect book-a map of the Bering Sea and the surrounding lands.This is not exactly an area well known to most of us.Otherwise, I think that Cruz Smith is one of our finest mystery writers today, and I already have Red Square waiting in the wings.

4-0 out of 5 stars Solid Atmospheric Glasnost-Era Thriller
Set at the start of Glasnost in the late '80s, this second book in the Arkady Renko series (following Red Square) finds the gruff Soviet ex-policeman aboard a factory ship deep in the Bering Sea. Having antagonized powerful figures in that previous adventure, he's been on the run inside the Soviet Union, trying to hide in its deepest darkest corners. And it doesn't get a whole lot deeper or darker than the "slime line" on the factory ship, where he spends his long shifts gutting fish and avoiding any attention. The ship is part of a U.S. Soviet joint venture operation, and when a 40-ton fishnet disgorges the body of a female Russian crew member, someone decides it would be handy to have former cop Renko look into the matter.

Eager to keep a low profile, Renko tires to duck out of the duty, but in the end is ordered to comply-thus setting off an a highly atmospheric and very complicated story involving a long cast of characters. Almost immediately, Renko discovers that the woman's woman's death was no accident, and that she was stabbed. However, the implications of this are politically incorrect, and the ship's slimy political officer tries to squash any investigation until to ship returns home to Vladivostok. Yet, a mysterious "ship electrician" somehow manages to ensure Renko's continued involvement, and soon Renko is consumed by the matter.

Renko's quasi-official investigation revolves around trying to understand the dead woman, a Soviet Georgian with a yen for life on the other side of the Iron Curtain, Western consumer goods, Pink Floyd, etc. As Renko pokes around the ship and interviews everyone aboard it and the smaller fishing vessels that accompany it, the plot gets increasingly complicated. Unseen assailants try and kill Renko, Cold War espionage enters the picture, drug smuggling crops up, as do several more bodies. Indeed, the book's one flaw is that it's perhaps too complicated for its own good, with so many angles crammed in. There's even an obligatory unlikely romantic interlude that rings a very false note.

Which is a bit of a shame, since the book is otherwise very strong in atmosphere and characters. The claustrophobic atmosphere of the Soviet ship is palpable, along with the freezing cold, the rank smells, and bitterness all around. The fishing operation and the ship itself are very well-described, making an oppressive setting that would work wonderfully on film. It's also somewhat surprising some 15-20 years later to be reminded of how Soviet people would yearn for Western goods, and how even the junkiest watch or cassette tape was like gold for them. The awkwardness with the Americans is well-handled too, with the Soviets hearty and desperate to please and appear magnanimous as the Americans smirk. The book is reminiscent of thrillers such as Smilla's Sense of Snow, where the plot pales in comparison to the atmosphere and attention to detail the author brings. Definitely worth reading for the unusual setting, cast of characters, and glimpse into the recent past.

5-0 out of 5 stars More mastery from Smith
Part 2 of the holy Renko trilogy finds Arkady stuck in the belly of a Soviet trawler off the coast of Alaska. He again stumbles upon more than he bargained for as he investigates the murder of a Georgian girl. As a sometimes-writer myself, I always rue the time that I spend re-reading my Smith novels rather than something new, but they're so good. The attention to detail and complex characters that Smith fills his book with are just so realistic and accurate, he absolutely nails it. Renko's inner thoughts are golden-whether he's getting thrown across a room by the trawlmaster Karp Korobetz or intellectually sparring with Party slug Volovoi, Arkady never fails to amuse or enchant with his musings. You can taste the salt spray get enveloped by the intrigue. I should stop memorizing these books and go do something productive-but it's just too much fun! ... Read more

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Sales Rank: 31582
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First Person
by Vladimir Putin Nataliia Gevorkian Natalia Timakova A. V. Kolesnikov Catherine A. Fitzpatrick
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (May, 2000)
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The product of six interviews conducted by Russian journalists (and translated into English by Catherine A. Fitzpatrick), First Person is a book-length Q&A session in which Russian president Vladimir Putin discusses his childhood, his life as a spy, and his surprisingly rapid rise as a politician in the 1990s. Parts of this unusual autobiography are plainly banal (he weighs 165 pounds and likes beer), but interspersed throughout are candid comments by one of the world's most powerful men. Putin admits that he didn't know much about Stalin's violent purges in the 1930s when he joined the KGB ("I was a pure and utterly successful product of Soviet patriotic education"). He also scolds Soviet leaders for the invasions of Hungary and Czechoslovakia during the cold war: "These were major mistakes. And the Russophobia that we see in Eastern Europe today is the fruit of those mistakes." At another point, he expresses frustration with some of the things critics have said about him: "Why have they made up so much about me? It's complete nonsense!" On the war in Chechnya, he is predictably defensive: "I was convinced that if we didn't stop the extremists right away, we'd be facing a second Yugoslavia on the entire territory of the Russian Federation--the Yugoslavization of Russia.... We are not attacking. We are defending ourselves." There's also an interview with his wife, who, when asked if her husband ever gets drunk, responds: "There hasn't been any of that." (After Yeltsin, this is apparently of concern to Russians.) The interviewers also ask her whether he ever looks at other women. She replies with a question of her own, intriguingly: "Well, what sort of man would he be, if he weren't attracted by beautiful women?" But Putin is, appropriately, the main show. Readers interested in Russian politics will want to review the final pages closely, as the president discourses on contemporary topics. Confronted with tough questions about Russia's treatment of a journalist who filed negative stories about Chechnya, Putin says, "We interpret freedom of expression in different ways." That's a KGB man talking--and yet another reason Putin is worth watching. --John J. Miller ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Review of First Person by Vladimir Putin
I thought that this book was very interesting and contained a lot of information about Russia's president, his family and his career.The format was intriguing also as interviews with President Putin were interspersed with interviews of his wife, his children and close friends.I knew nothing about him when I picked up the book and found it quite fascinating.It is a very easy read and quite compact.I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in the present Russian government.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great biography of Russia's president
Vladimir Putin's "First Person" is a biography in question and answer format.It gives a great insight into the man who is the leader of the largest country in the world. There are questions and answers from not only Putin himself, but also his old school teachers, KGB collegues and his wife and two daughters. Even so, this biography does not give a 'full picture' of the president as a person and much of his past (for example KGB) is not mentioned in great detail (that's why I took off a star) and does not give a deep insight as the book implies. This aside, and all considered, this is a good read and a good introduction to Pres. Putin.

4-0 out of 5 stars Engaging Enigma
First Person is a transcription of a series of interviews conducted by three Russian journalists with Vladimir Putin, his wife and daughters, friends, teachers, and colleagues.The book is written in a question-answer format which is usually effective but occasionally leaves the reader in doubt as to who is answering a particular question: Putin or one of the other interviewees.

Don't read this book expecting deep insight into Putin's political philosophy or details of his experience in the KGB.With that said, First Person is a useful and interesting account of Putin's life, family, and experiences.An occasional bit of insight either slips or is inserted into the conversations.(It's hard to believe that someone as in-control as Putin would really let something slip.I don't mean to be suspicious or derogatory, I'm just recognizing that Putin is a successful politician who climbed one of the most difficult -and dangerous- ladders in the world.)One bit of possible insight is the fact that Putin was KGB station chief in Dresden, East Germany, at the time that the Berlin wall was pulled down.He shared a facility with the Stasi, his East German counterparts.When mobs approached the Stasi facility. Putin cabled Moscow for help and direction.He received neither and left active duty with the KGB soon after his (premature?) return from that assignment.I'm sure he was a bit disillusioned by this experience, but the degree and nature of the disillusionment is not developed.No surprise here; successful politicians don't intentionally walk into mine fields.

Overall, the book was an interesting and light read.Putin describes himself as a hooligan in his youth who mended his ways primarily to achieve his goal of going to law school in preparation for a career in the KGB.He chose that career path after seeing a movie entitled the Sword and the Shield (the KGB logo) which prompted him to walk uninvited into the local KGB office in Leningrad to seek employment.The officer who met him advised him that the KGB seldom considered walk-in applicants and that he should attend university and study law as a means of preparing himself.Rather amazingly, he did exactly that and was recruited immediately upon graduation.

The book also contains numerous details about Putin's early political life in the administration of Anatoly Sobchak, the reform-minded mayor of Leningrad, and his subsequent steady rise in the national government as well as numerous anecdotes from his family life. ... Read more

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Never Let Me Go
Director: Delmer Daves
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars I love this movie.
"Never Let me Go" is a wonderful movie starring Clark Gable and Jean Tierney. It is full of Romance and adventure. Gable isa Journalist in Russia at the end of world war II.Tierney is a ballerina. They both fall in love , get married, and try to leave Russia by plane. The Russian officials prevent this from happening. Wife and husband are seperated. It is now up to Gable to figure out a way of getting his wife out of Russia. He risks his life for the woman he loves. Now, that is love.Please, release this movie onto DVD.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not Gable's Best, But....
One of Clark Gable's older films, the plot is a bit convoluted, and really avoids what made him so big, for such a macho guy to make fun of himself.Choppy at times it still is worth seeing Gable and his beautiful co-star Gene Tierney. ... Read more

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