Like his 2008 book Stalin's Children, Owen Matthews's second work of non-fiction, Glorious Misadventures, has its roots in the author's personal experiences as a child in Soviet Russia in this case, his attendance at a performance of the hugely popular Russian rock opera Junona i Avos about the dashing nobleman and explorer, Nikolai Rezanov (1764-1807). That story, based on fact, sparked his curiosity and prompted Matthew to research Rezanov's life. The result, Glorious Misadventures, is a compelling read that combines history, biography and adventure into a fascinating narrative about Russia's colonization of America's Pacific Northwest region and their first circumnavigation of the globe.
To fully understand how parts of modern-day Alaska were once Russian territory, it is necessary to have an overview of the country's economics, history and politics....
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