The war in Ukraine can be traced back to the failure of democracy to take hold in Russia in the early 1990s. Blame is shared on both sides, and a revisit of this period is useful for understanding how we got to the present situation.
I wrote this account of my adventures as a young, impressionable man who embarked on a journey of a lifetime to a country emerging from decades of darkness. The book is written as a collection of personal anecdotes that provide insight, often comical, into the culture clash between East and West that has yet to be resolved.
"...A remarkable, adventure-packed odyssey in Russia.... It will challenge readers to think more critically about international relations and world governments." San Francisco Book Review
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