My first book is now available as an ebook, and will ship soon in hardcover from Amazon! It has already made its appearance at the annual conference of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies in November. And it will also be available at the American Historical Association conference in January (and probably be 50% off on the last day).

To find out more about it, click on “Research,” then “Book,” in the menu bar above.

This book represents about a decade of work, as well as being the very first time my name appears in print on something I authored. This book was much harder to produce than my daughter. I know it more intimately than I know anything or anyone. It was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. It very nearly never happened, because I frequently wanted to give up on it completely. I’m so sick to death of this project at this point that I’d almost rather talk about anything else on the planet. Yet I’m so proud of this book that I can’t wait to tell everyone about it. Writing a book is a strange journey indeed.

I hope you’ll be interested in reading it. I like to think it’s rather a fun read for a scholarly monograph (mainly due to the quirkiness of one of my main subjects, Andrei Ivanovich Chikhachev). But it is a scholarly monograph, so I don’t expect that very many people actually will read it (if you skim some parts, I swear I won’t be offended!). If you’d like to buy it, I’ll be thrilled (and my publisher even more so). But like most academic monographs, it’s pricey—believe it or not, these kinds of books are always published at a loss, despite the high price, because they almost always get purchased only by libraries and a few handfuls of individuals.

If you’d like to read the book but can’t afford it, there are two options:

First, a paperback edition will come out at some point, in a year or two, which should be considerably cheaper. Hopefully the ebook price will also go down at that point.

Second, you can always request your local library to buy it. That’s a wonderful way to support the book (and me) and to enable not just yourself, but others, to read it!

I appreciate your interest more than I can say!

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