by Anne Garrels
Reviewed by Linda:Vladimir Putin has become a topic in the U.S. presidential election. Anne Garrels, longtime NPR foreign correspondent, believes that Americans have little understanding of why the Russian people are so loyal to him, despite their criticism of some of his actions. In her new book, she takes us to the Russian heartland to meet a wide variety of residents, from professionals and activists to mafiosi. As always, she is smart and insightful, making you feel that you are present with her in today’s Russia.