Book Review: Black Earth

Black Earth

Meier, Andrew

Norton, NY, 2003


This book was a random find in a used book store near Pike Place, and a good one.  The author went to Moscow as a grad student and fell in love with it.  By way of finding a reason to be there in order to extend his visa he fell into journalism, and ended up finding himself well positioned and connected to observe and comment on the changes of a society meandering it’s way from poverty to wealth and back again, though many ended up missing the wealth portion altogether. In between there are accounts of war, peace, and a picture of something gone terribly wrong.

The book is based on a few road trips “to the ends of the empire” – Chechnya, Siberia, Sakalin, St. Petersburg – where as often as not the author finds himself hitching a ride with whoever drives past seeing their side of the local areas as well as finding his way to the governors and tycoons.  Moscow, as a home base, gets some mention and it’s own chapters, but the book clearly focuses on what has happened to the rest of the country.

This entry was posted in Book Review and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.