Russia by Martin Sixsmith
A 1000-Year Chronicle of the Wild East

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A lively, opinionated narrative.
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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 Martin Sixsmith

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MARTIN SIXSMITH is the author of Moscow Coup: The Death of the Soviet System, The Litvinenko file: The True Story of a Death Foretold, and two novels. Educated at Harvard, Oxford, and the Sorbonne, he was the BBC Moscow correspondent for many years.
Published May 1, 2011 by BBC. 624 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction
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Mar 01 2012

A compelling look at Russian history by a practiced Russia hand—though some would complain that Sixsmith comes down a little too hard on Mikhail Gorbachev, even without a long, pointy beard.

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Nov 14 2011

A lively, opinionated narrative.

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Reviewed by Matt Sutherland on Feb 29 2012

His triumph in this book is capturing the baffling, troubling, poetic genius that is the Russian spirit.

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Reviewed by Steve Hayes on Apr 04 2012

It is a veritable master class in the art of how not to write history.

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