I am pleased that so many qualified and experienced international veterans have commented positively on “Walking on Ice, an American Businessman in Russia.” Here are a few.
“What Andresen has written is romantic and accurate and nostalgic and prophetic and all of the wonderful and confusing and simple things we ‘veterans’ know Russia to be. It is a story that resonates with any of us living through this dramatic and productive era.” Kevin Cuffe, Vice President/Managing Director, SOVINTEL/Golden Telecom, Moscow
“Based on his years of doing business there, at a particularly formative point in Russian history, Andresen has done a great service in helping to unravel and explain all these contradictions and conundrums that seem to grow deeper and deeper the longer you spend there. This will be of real interest to the casual reader as well as of great value to those looking to make their own mark in the world of Russian business. A book of valuable insights from one of the real pioneers.” Peter Charow, Founder and first president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia, presently British Petroleum Regional Director for Russia, CIS and Turkey
“There is a great story to be told about the Western businessmen who went to the falling Soviet Union to teach business to the Russians and returned perhaps having learned much more than they taught. Rather than chronicle the persons or the events, Andresen’s book conveys the texture and flavor of what we Westerners found in Russia. It paints a picture of the Russian “Soul” at the time young and old there were adapting to enormous change. Anyone going there to work with the Russians will benefit from this picture. It is a fun and humorous read that carries with it some valuable lessons. I recommend it to anyone interested in understanding today’s Russia.” William T. Potvin, Managing Partner, Deloitte & Touche – Russia, 1990 – 1996
“Fred Andresen tells us about working with the Russians—with insight, understanding, and a rare degree of humor. Not ever ignoring the well publicized challenges, he tells us how he succeeded in spite of all that. Walking on Ice is MANDATORY reading for all who contemplate a tour of duty whether government or business in Russia or who have worked there—it brings back memories and reality. One cannot put it down.” Richard Weden, General Director, American Express Russia. 1995 to 2004
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