Forty Years Ago Today

It’s a fitting day to start this blog. On June 15, 1970, a group of Soviet Jews tried to hijack a plane in Leningrad – and failed. But their attempt and the Soviet overreaction to it ignited the movement that is the subject of my book. Seems like as good an excuse as any to write a first post.

I’m not sure yet exactly what this blog will end up looking like. I guess like most blogs it will have to evolve over time. But I know now that at the very least I want it to be a place for me to highlight and discuss some of my writing – both of the topical, weekly variety, and from the big history book of mine that will be out in September. I also think it will be nice to have a place to describe what it feels like to finally enter the publication phase of what has been a long, long process. I got the contract to write the book back in 2004. The prospect of finally seeing it out in the world is – to say the least – both exhilarating and terrifying.

Please feel free to comment or send me emails. I’ll try to update fairly often.

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