This book is not a guide that you will want to take with you if you plan a trip. It is the kind of book you should read, especially if you are an American or Canadian, as it is written to bring Russia to you both as a land and as a people with distinctive characteristics. As the author, I am a dual Canadian-American, so I feel quite capable of showing you Russia within the context of our two North American cultures. This book will help you understand current events and how Russians view their position among the major powers of the world. I have attempted to be as unbiased and forthright as is possible in bringing Russia to you in a forthright manner.