WIND OF CHANGE
Armed with youthful optimism, a degree in Russian Area Studies, and a desire to contribute to post-Cold War Russian/American relations, Kenneth Maher thought he’d landed his dream job when he joined a US company in unraveling former Communist Russia. Despite his best intentions, he may have gotten just a bit more than he’d bargained for.
Wind of Change is a keenly observed, insightful, and wry outsider’s look at a nation and people in transition and the systems that wield the power, but not the appetite, for progress. Illuminating the communication and cultural breakdowns —from the comical and harrowing—alongside a memorable cast of characters, Maher takes his readers on an unforgettable journey through the Soviet Union and back again.
With astute cultural and political insights and a healthy dose of humor, Wind of Change delivers a front-row seat to the post-Soviet breakdown that foreshadowed Russia’s return to authoritarianism.
"... then I saw the large face with yellow eyes bordered by orange and black stripes."
The Snow Picnic
"See, you will be a real Russian by the time we’re done today…."
"It’s such a beautiful day,” stated our host, “enough of business! Let’s go shooting!"
Guns and Vodka
Troika Ride in Khabarovsk
Failed Attempt to Horseride
Memorial to WWII Soldiers - Khabarovsk
Dicussing "Exit Fee" at Khabarovsk airport