October 24, 2005
News & Opinion: Russian Bestsellers
As I was browsing The Atlantic Monthly, I found a list composed of bestselling books in Russia. Three of the books on the list were business related. Here's the list and The Atlantic Monthly's descriptions:
- I Take My Words Back by Viktor Suvorov.
Description: A Russian military historian finds flaws in the memoirs of the late Soviet World War II hero Marshal Zhukov--and takes his words back for him.
- Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
Description: World economic institutions are purportedly shown to be as corrupt and conspiracy-ridden as Russians always believed them to be.
- The Blue Day Book by Bradley Trevor Greive
Description: Animal photos and corny captions as mood enhancers, compiled by a Tasmanian author.
- My Life by Bill Clinton
Description: The memoirs of Russia's favorite American president.
- Catherine the Great: The Diamond Cinderella by Aleksadr Bushkov
Description: A patriotic account of a German noblewoman's rise to the Russian throne and of her rule as an enlightened despot.
- Hunting for Werewolves by Aleksandr Khinshtein
Description: A Dumba deputy's expose of the gravest threat to law and order in Russia: "werewolves" (corrupt law-enforcement officers).
- Business is Psychology by Marina Meliya
Description: Self-help for the disgruntled Russian businessman.
- Lost Civilization: In Search of Lost Mankind by Aleksei Maslov
Description: The "true" history of mankind, including Atlantis, our vanished horned ancestors, and mysterious giants.
- Doctor Sinelnikov's Practical Course: How to Learn to Love Yourself by V. Sinelnikov and S. Slobodchikov
Description: A step-by-step course in supermarket psychology, Russian-style, for sufferers of low self-esteem.
- The Mafia Manager: A Guide to the Corporate Machiavelli by V
Description: An anonymous author confirms what Russian entrepreneurs already know: business isn't about mission statements, but about who whacks whom--commerically, of course.