Crime, Finance; Continent: Asia

Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice by Bill Browder Pretty much everything in every Cold War spy novel you ever read happened to this guy or someone he knows 396 pages (380 pages before Acknowledgments and Index) Bill Browder’s story appeared recently on CBS’s “60 Minutes” […]

Cold War, Politics; Continents: Asia, North America

The Cold War; A New History by John Lewis Gaddis A densely packed book spanning the end of World War II through Bush and Gorbachev meeting at Malta 333 pages (266 pages to complete the epilogue) The night I stayed over at my grandma’s house so Mom and Dad could see Red Dawn (1984) in […]

Russia, Judaism; Continent: Asia and North America

A Bear, a Backpack, and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir by Lev Golinkin Emigration, a realistic story served without the “happily-ever-after” charm of An American Tail 322 pages The 1980s, and the Cold War haunts me sometimes as I fall asleep. One evening, I stand transfixed in front of CNN watching regular people tear […]

Book 5; Continent: Asia, Europe, North America

Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing by Anya Von Bremzen 339 pages (recipes begin at page 298) Some food for thought while Putin chews through one-time Soviet lands This book caught my eye as Vladimir Putin began to make his noise about absorbing Crimea. Although food is a theme […]