By Anna Reid
In this beautifully written and penetrating book, Anna Reid combines research and her own experiences to chart Ukraine's tragic past. Talking to peasants and politicians, rabbis and racketeers, dissidents and paramilitaries, survivors of Stalin's famine and of Nazi labor camps, she reveals the layers of myth and propaganda that wrap this divided land. From the Polish churches of Lviv to the coal mines of the Russian-speaking Donbass, from the Galician shtetlech to the Tatar shanty-towns of Crimea, Reid explores Ukraine's struggle to build itself a national identity, an identity that faces up to a bloody past and embraces all the peoples within its borders. The paperback edition is fully updated to include recent events in Ukraine, including the presidential election in October of 1999.