• Title: Vodka Shot, Pickle Chaser: A True Story of Risk, Corruption, and Self-Discovery Amid the Collapse of the Soviet Union
  • Author: David A. Kalis
  • ISBN: 9780991230204
  • Page: 362
  • Format: Paperback
  • Vodka Shot Pickle Chaser A True Story of Risk Corruption and Self Discovery Amid the Collapse of the Soviet Union FOR DAVID graduating from college was a matter of course but figuring out what to do next with his life turns into a paralyzing decision Always pressured to be a high achiever he can do anything bu
    FOR DAVID, graduating from college was a matter of course, but figuring out what to do next with his life turns into a paralyzing decision Always pressured to be a high achiever, he can do anything but from corporate conformity to graduate school confinement, no choice feels right On a whim, he decides to travel to the Soviet Union His loose plans call for a thirty dayFOR DAVID, graduating from college was a matter of course, but figuring out what to do next with his life turns into a paralyzing decision Always pressured to be a high achiever, he can do anything but from corporate conformity to graduate school confinement, no choice feels right On a whim, he decides to travel to the Soviet Union His loose plans call for a thirty day tour of Leningrad, but after finding himself caught up in the middle of a coup d etat attempt that destabilizes the country, he ends up staying abroad for two and a half tumultuous years From surviving perilous run ins with the Russian mafia and the Soviet military, to searching for his lost heritage in a remote village, David s story is a captivating coming of age memoir He finds that the road less traveled can lead to unexpected adventure, and that looking backward sometimes provides the best insight into how to move forward.

    One Reply to “Vodka Shot, Pickle Chaser: A True Story of Risk, Corruption, and Self-Discovery Amid the Collapse of the Soviet Union”

    1. I found this memoir fascinating. The author graduated from college with a degree in Russian studies and traveled to the USSR to hone his language skills and find direction for his life. Extending his temporary visa into a 2 1/2 year stay during the early 1990's, he witnessed the breakup of the communist country, protests, military revolts, the rise of capitalism along with the rise in crime & the lawlessness of mafia control. Food shortages, poverty, bribery of police & officials are the [...]

    2. Such a good read! In Vodka Shot, Pickle Chaser, the author provides a captivating story of his personal journey to connect the past, present and future, amid a vividly painted backdrop of a nation that seems to be struggling to do the same thing. As Dave (we can call him that its that personal) pushes further into his own search for identity and direction, he simultaneously pushes deeper into Russia's violent, scary and unnerving struggle to transform the very foundation of its society. The page [...]

    3. Endorsements from other authors:"Thrilling, bold, and beautifully written, Vodka Shot, Pickle Chaser takes us on journey into a strange and dangerous world, a place so foreboding and alive and treacherous and real, that one cannot help, as David Kalis did, to find his soul there." Robert Kurson, author of Shadow Divers"Dave's story is a riveting adventure that highlights the universal quest for purpose and connection. He learns that answers are closer than we expect, often found within ourselves [...]

    4. David Kalis managed to spend two and a half years in Russia at one of the most dramatic times in its history, from the attempted coup against Gorbachev and the dissolution of the USSR in 1991 to Yeltsin's attack on the parliament in 1993. He was a young man, fresh out of college, and he is refreshingly candid about his naivete and some of the stupid risks he took. The result is a snapshot of a country that twenty years later is still trying to recover from the rapid changes of that era.

    5. Must read for anyone who considers themselves an adventurer, and seeker of the unknown. This book makes you question your self-considered limitations and want to propel yourself forward in to cultures unexplored. For those of you (like myself) who know little about Russian history this book is a fantastic guide not only to the tumult, and depravity in the former USSR, but to the fortitude of the Russian people and perseverance of one daring American.

    6. A fantastic book, reminded me of "Learning To Bow" - a young man leaves college to learn about another culture and learns about himself in the process. In this case the personal story occurs during one of the most tumultuous periods in Russia's recent history, as the Soviet Union collapses, the mafia takes control, lines for food get longer, and the public is politically and socially conflicted. Highly recommended

    7. I unfortunately just started this book tonight for a review I am going to tomorrow night. It is by the author himself. I am so far really enjoying it!I have to admit I enjoyed the beginning more than the end. But a great memoir of his post college years spent In the Soviet Union.

    8. Loved this book!! It reads like a historical fiction filled with a passionate storyline that's truly unbelievable. You root for the author until the very end.

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