I was looking for a nice fat book like Berlin: City of Scars or maybe Battle Cry of Freedom, or Fox Butterfield’s China. My target: Russia, particularly during the era of Soviet dominance and Stalin’s reign.
I’m mostly focused on what daily life was like for people - what they read or ate, and where and how they lived. But I also want to know the “dirty” version of events - the nasty truths behind the Soviet mask of a perfect conformist society with no “deviants.” I wanmt to know about both crime and coping, gulags and games. How did people enjoy themselves in the harsh Soviet regime, and what dangers did they face?