Required Reading

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Thursday, April 29, 2010


Jennifer Phillips brings an interesting story to current readers. I taught history and was not familiar with the story of Nina Kosterina. The book is far more than just an explanation of a young girl’s diary. It is a description of the evolving of Russian society. Our days as the bogie man to the Russians and their days as the Evil Empire have passed but we as a society have very little knowledge of what historic events led to the current Russia.

The book is well done with a generational span of content. Reading this book gives a greater understanding of what the “main street” of Russian society endured. It is also illustrative of the lengths that love of country will carry a family.

I recommend the book.


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