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Sacred Sea

by Peter Thompson

Focused on a lifelong goal to visit Lake Baikal, eco-journalist Peter Thompson uses this Siberian gem as the centerpiece of a round-the-world trip taken at a time of “personal transition.” Written in an easy style that is part journalism, part kitchen table storytelling over vodka and kolbasa, Sacred Sea is a humorous explorer’s tale just rich enough in back story to help the casual reader understand the forces surrounding and threatening Lake Baikal. Thompson engagingly weaves the travelogue with his personal journey (notably with the Red Sox’s failures and triumphs), offering a look at modern Russia through the prism of this great lake.

— Paul E. Richardson

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Reviewed in Russian Life: Nov/Dec 2007