Unlike Americans, who revel in the myth that only the future matters, Russians can't seem to escape their past. To them, history is not merely a narrative of recorded events, but a series of grievous losses inscribed in the collective suffering. The happiest nations have no history, as George Eliot once observed—it's the unhappiest nations that have more than they can handle. The irony, of course, is that American and Russian politics have been inextricably bound up with each other throughout the 20th century. Despite capitalism's current triumph over communism, the story hasn't conveniently stopped at the scripted Reagan-Bush conclusion. Dot-com dollars, after all, can't entirely cover our increasing economic inequality and spiritual alienation—the counterpoint, perhaps, of Russia's ethnic unrest and rampant corruption. The Cold War may be officially over, but our fates remain... More >>>