Anticipating a new dawn of freedom after the disintegration of the Soviet Union, Russians could hardly have foreseen the reality of their future a decade later: a country impoverished and controlled at every level by organized crime. This riveting book views the 1990s reform period through the experiences of individual citizens, revealing the changes that have swept Russia and their effect on Russia’s age-old ways of thinking.
The Russia that Satter depicts in this brave, engaging book cannot be ignored. Darkness at Dawn should be required reading for anyone interested in the post-Soviet state.”Christian Caryl, Newsweek
Satter must be commended for saying what a great many people only dare to think.”Matthew Brzezinski, Toronto Globe and Mail
Humane and articulate.”Raymond Asquith, Spectator
Vivid, impeccably researched and truly frightening. . . . Western policy-makers, especially in Washington, would do well to study these pages.”Martin Sieff, United Press International
Satter puts the human exclamation point on Goldman's argument. With a reporter's eye for vivid detail and a novelist's ability to capture emotion, he conveys the drama of Russia's rocky road for the average victimized Russian. There is the mother of a sailor doomed on the Kursk submarine; the aunt of a murdered woman stonewalled by local police too indifferent to investigate; a woman trying to salvage a life's savings sunk in a collapsing pyramid scheme; and a surgeon frantically (and unsuccessfully) trying to save a patient's life when the power goes off in the operating room because the local electric company has shut it down. True, this is only half of the story of what is happening in Russia these days, but it is the shattering half, and Satter renders it all the more poignant by making it so human.