David Remnick reports on the final uproarious days of USSR.
As a foreign correspondent for the Washington Post he managed to look at the regime in a personal way.
Under the fiery socialist frown of gigantic Lenin statues he noodles around more as a Moscovite than as a foreigner.
Remnick met interesting people of all social censes and visited unusual places to give us an intriguing picture of the melt of a Colossal Snowman during the Russian thaw.
It should be nice having a part two of this book, almost twenty years later. It could easily be entitled Putin's Gold.