Review: David Greene’s ‘Midnight in Siberia’

December 5, 2014 5:07 PM

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Review: David Greene’s ‘Midnight in Siberia’

As the West nervously watches a newly aggressive Russia, many commentators are trying to figure out what Vladimir Putin is thinking. But Midnight in Siberia reminds us of another important question: What are the Russian people thinking?

David Greene took a 6,000-mile train journey from Moscow to Vladivostok to find out, and the result is a mesmerizing, confounding, comforting and thought-provoking book. Greene, NPR’s former Moscow bureau chief, takes readers inside the homes and lives of everyday Russians, and he finds humor, despa...

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