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9780385537773

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A Backpack, A Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka

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Review of ‘A Backpack, A Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka’

“Running a totalitarian regime is simple: tell the people what they’re going to do, shoot the first one to object, and repeat until everyone is on the same page.” Such was life in Ukraine for young Lev Golinkin and his family, and it might have been tolerable had he not also suffered daily beatings in…

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