"That Black Earth is a unprecedented paintings is, for an individual who has identified Russia, past question."-George Kennan
"A compassionate glimpse into the extremes the place the recent Russia meets the old," writes Robert Legvold (Foreign Affairs) approximately Andrew Meier's mesmerizing new paintings. travelling throughout a resurgent and seemingly unfastened land, Meier has produced a virtuosic mixture of nuanced historical past, lyric travelogue, and unflinching reportage. all through, Meier captures the country's current limbo-a land wealthy in strength yet close to unbelievable again into tyranny-in an account that's via turns heartrending and celebratory, comedian and terrifying. A 2003 ny Public Library booklet to recollect. "Black Earth is the easiest research of post-Soviet Russia for the reason that David Remnick's Resurrection. Andrew Meier is a really penetrating eyewitness."-Robert Conquest, writer of The nice Terror; "If President Bush have been to learn purely the chapters relating to Chechnya in Meier's Black Earth, he might achieve a useful schooling approximately Putin's Russia."-Zbigniew Brzezinski "Even after the autumn of Communism, such a lot American reporting on Russia usually is going no additional than who's in and who's out within the Kremlin and the enterprise oligarchy. Andrew Meier's Russia reaches a long way past . . . this Russia is one the place, as Meier says, background has a troublesome time hiding. Readers couldn't simply discover a livelier or extra insightful guide."-Adam Hochschild, writer of King Leopold's Ghost and The Unquiet Ghost: Russians be mindful Stalin "From the unnecessary conflict in Chechnya to the wild, exhilarating, and dispiriting East and the increase of Vladimir Putin, the previous KGB officer-it's all right here in nice element, written within the layers the tale merits, with perception, ardour, and actual affection."-Michael Specter, employees author, The New Yorker; co-chief, The manhattan Times Moscow Bureau, 1995-98. "[Meier's] wisdom of the rustic and his abiding love for its humans sticks out on each web page of this book....But it really is his linguistic fluency, specifically, which permits Mr. Meier to dig so deeply into Russia's black earth."-The Economist "A remarkable travelogue that depicts the Russian humans all over again attempting to construct a brand new lifestyles with no rather altering their outdated one."-William Taubman, The long island Times publication Review.