Darkness at Dawn: The Rise of the Russian Criminal State
David SatterISBN: 0300098928; 9780300098921;
Daid Satter is obviously one of the few American journalists who knows the Russian people and their history intimately. I was struck by his compassion for the citizens of Russia and his empathy with their complex history. He brings these people to life in Darkness at Dawn by examining every layer of society. Consequently, we learn so much about the heart of these people and their challenges to do more than merely survive. While Satter does not paint a pretty picture of life under communism, he certainly tells a powerful story of people whose country continues to undergo major metamorphoses. This is a wonderful book; I highly recommended that every American read it, especially those who want to learn more about our newest ally.