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Midnight in Siberia
Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia | David Greene
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After two and a half years as NPR's Moscow bureau chief, David Greene journeys thousands of kilometres by rail from Moscow to the Pacific port of Vladivostok to find out how Russians' lives have changed in the post-Soviet years. He meets a group of singing babushkas from Buranovo, a teenager hawking 'space rocks' from a meteor shower in Chelyabinsk, and activists battling for environmental regulation in the pollution-choked town of Baikalsk. Through their stories and those of other travellers along the line, Greene explores the challenges facing the new Russiaa superpower that boasts of open elections and newfound prosperity, yet continues to endure oppression, corruption and stark inequality. Set against the wintry landscape of Siberia, this enthralling travel narrative offers a window on the real Russia, revealing what its people believe about their history and their future.
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Librarybelle
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A #TimeBombTown ...or two or three...appears in this book.

I loved this one - Greene takes a journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway to see how Russians live far away from Moscow. It‘s an eye opening endeavor, and it‘s quite apparent long held fears still exist. Though written nearly a decade ago, I would argue that some of these beliefs and fears in this book still haunt Russia today. A good travelogue and political piece. #SoaringScores

CrowCAH Sounds like an interesting read! 1mo
Cinfhen Echoing @CrowCAH 1mo
Crazeedi You always post the neatest book,must add to my "check into this book" list 1mo
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Librarybelle
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Let's take a midnight train through Siberia...

Such an amazing look at Russia beyond Moscow. And really, it's pretty timely. Greene interviews the average person as he ventures farther and farther away from Moscow. While his initial reaction to some occasions reflects the gut reaction of many, he's quick to disengage from the thought and discover the why behind the action. I highly recommend this! #35bookparty

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