2 Steps Forward, 2 Steps Back, We Come Together Because Opposites Attract

Do opposites attract?

Let me back up a sec, I’m talking books, not people. Do you seek out the same types of books to read? The same genre(s) or books on subjects you are familiar with, or do you go for the new? I don’t mean new as in what recently hit the shelves but new as in something you don’t know about or don’t typically read. I like most genres, the exceptions being:

1. YA

(Sorry- I know it’s an incredibly popular genre, but I’m not a young adult and they just feel so trite most of the time. Plus nothing out there compares to old school YA, ie. Sweet Valley High and Christopher Pike, sorry YA 2019, you just don’t hold a candle).

2. Fantasy

(Exceptions being Harry Potter and possibly Neil Gaiman. I say possibly because I’ve not officially read Gaiman. Also some Stephen King (who is an all-time fav) has fantasy aspects, but King can actually fall in to so many categories that I can’t technically label him fantasy.

3. Self-Help

Oh F. You all should hopefully know how I feel about this genre. Double puke.

So maybe you think I’m picky, but I’m not, I promise. Some stuff just sucks.

So back to opposites attracting. Something that is so wonderful about books is the fact that you can read something and learn about a world foreign to you. You can read about jobs, lives, countries, and types of people you might never otherwise come in contact with. You can read about careers and while you may marvel at them, you realize you are getting to enjoy learning about them without committing your life to them. Sort of voyeuristic, but not in the creepy way.

So. I came across Red Notice by Bill Browder on some book list. It said something about Russia and why, in today’s world you,

a. keep hearing about Russia and Russian orphans

and,

b. this book was a great source to learn more about it. If in fact you care or have an interest.

I have a some interest (not a ton, but some) in Russia so I read on about this book. I was intrigued by the end of the article that I headed to my Overdrive (library) app and did a search for it. Lo and behold Overdrive had it. I put it on hold and went about my day. Overdrive is phenomenal and life-changing if you e-read. The only downside is you can wait eons or you can get all your books at once when you don’t have the time to read them. But it’s free my sweet bookworms and that’s a pretty darn good thing, especially if the book ends up stinking. To me, the downsides Overdrive hold no weight to the upsides, so just get it and don’t complain.

Ok, here is the Amazon synopsis for Red Notice:

• Red Notice does for investing in Russia and the former Soviet Union what Liar’s Poker did for our understanding of Salomon Brothers, Wall Street, and the mortgage-backed securities business in the 1980s. Browder’s business saga meshes well with the story of corruption and murder in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, making Red Notice an early candidate for any list of the year’s best books” (Fortune).

This is a story about an accidental activist. Bill Browder started out his adult life as the Wall Street maverick whose instincts led him to Russia just after the breakup of the Soviet Union, where he made his fortune.

Along the way he exposed corruption, and when he did, he barely escaped with his life. His Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky wasn’t so lucky: he ended up in jail, where he was tortured to death. That changed Browder forever. He saw the murderous heart of the Putin regime and has spent the last half decade on a campaign to expose it. Because of that, he became Putin’s number one enemy, especially after Browder succeeded in having a law passed in the United States—The Magnitsky Act—that punishes a list of Russians implicated in the lawyer’s murder. Putin famously retaliated with a law that bans Americans from adopting Russian orphans.

A financial caper, a crime thriller, and a political crusade, Red Notice is the story of one man taking on overpowering odds to change the world, and also the story of how, without intending to, he found meaning in his life. •

Also there is a blurb on the front of the book from The New York Times,” Part John Grisham-like thriller, part business and political memoir.”

Well surprise, I received it from Overdrive two days ago. I am in the middle of receiving a ton of books from the app, but oh well. A good problem to have in the whole scheme of things. Of course I’m reading multiple books, but I cracked this one,

just to see,

And now I’m hooked. Browder has a fast-paced writing style and his story is fascinating. I think you should check it out.

In this case, opposites attract. I’m not going to ever become a capitalist or work in finance- and,

a collective sigh is heard around the world at this declaration, not that I ever could have done that job. Numbers are not my thing unless it comes to buying cheap books. Even though it’s not my thing, Browder’s story is incredible and I for one, am interested in learning more.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

– Dr. Seuss

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