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If you’re wondering where you’ve heard the phrase “The Russians are Coming” before you’re in good company.  The phrase has some interesting history behind it.  It was originally attributed to the first United States Secretary of Defense, James Forrestal in 1949. According to one source he said, “The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming. They’re right around. I’ve seen Russian soldiers!” Later that same year he committed suicide by jumping out a hospital window.  Obviously some issues!  But keep in mind this man also held the position of Secretary of the Navy during the last year of WWII and was deeply involved two years before his death in the alien landing (or whatever) in Roswell, New Mexico.  You can imagine what the conspiracy theorists made of his death.

Next the phrase became the title of a film directed by Norman Jewison staring Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint and Alan Arkin. In the film a Soviet submarine inadvertently beaches near a small American town.  The resulting human interactions made a farce of the cold war. And believe me, at that time the cold war needed all the good humor we on both sides of the Berlin Wall could muster!

The book that is the subject of this review was not the basis for the movie which was actually based on a children’s book by Nathanial Benchley called “The Off-Islanders.” Lily Alex, the author of this book wasn’t even born when the movie was made.  However she was born and raised in Russia before the collapse of Communism and has lived in the USA and Canada since 1994 which does give her a wonderful background for a book exploring the interactions between Americans and Russian immigrants

These interactions might not be as amusing as those between the stereotypical Americans and Russians in the movie (Believe me, you’d recognize every one of them from the gossipy switchboard operator to the stiffly formal Russian Captain), but Lily’s characters have an honesty that can’t be achieved by simple one-dimensional stereotypes.  (You might even wonder if one of the more interesting and well-drawn characters in the book is a younger Ms. Alex!). Instead of Russian sailors, her characters are rather ordinary types like all of us: mothers, fathers, children, adulterers, con-men; there’s even a bit of a connection with the Russian mafia to add spice to the mix.

The story takes place in today’s world in a small American city, but the Russian characters spend a lot of time remembering their lives as they led them in Russia–or the Soviet Union. Of course author Lily Alex’s youth was spent in Russian during the final days of the Soviet Union and the Communist Party so she can write about those days with accuracy. For those of us living here during that time this is easily the most interesting part of the book.

Another thing this critic found interesting is that in spite of the distance between the characters and their native land, they are the same people they were there with the same issues.  The kind are still kind, the loyal still loyal and the brutal and selfish no less degraded by the change of scenery.

There are a lot of books out describing the last days of the Russian Empire in a historical context.  “The Russians Are Coming” by Lily Alex gives an individuals’ personal view of the era that one can find in few other books.

Mike Nardine is a small businessman and owner of He sells domain names and web hosting with special prices to authors. He also writes book reviews at Your Book Review.Com

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Steve Jobs is not only one of the fathers of the personal computing era but also heralded as one of the best businessmen and creative minds of the past century. The late Apple co-founder, who was the 110th richest person in the world with an estimated net worth of $ 8.3 billion in 2011, revolutionized an industry and created technology others only dreamed of.

Following are 15 best Steve Jobs quotes that can inspire you.

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful — that’s what matters to me.”

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

“I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.”

“You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down.”  

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.”

“I think death is the most wonderful invention of life. It purges the system of these old models that are obsolete.”

“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”

“Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.”

“My model for business is the Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other, and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.”

“Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?”

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”

“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your owner inner voice.

“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”

“That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”

“I think we’re having fun. I think our customers really like our products. And we’re always trying to do better.”

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I graduated from Birmingham University. Currently, I am living with my family in the West Midlands of England and working for a media company. My hobby is writing about current affairs, celebrities and fashion.

It is important to let your partner know how much you love him/her and what he/she means to you. However, it’s not always easy to show your love to your love interest. Here are best “I love you” sayings and quotes that can inspire you.

“Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it” – Nicholas Sparks

“When you trip over love, it is easy to get up. But when you fall in love, it is impossible to stand again.” – Albert Einstein

“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller

“Women still remember the first kiss after men have forgotten the last” – Remy de Gourmont

“A man falls in love through his eyes, a woman through her ears.” – Woodrow Wyatt

“Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.” – Bruce Lee

“Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking together in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination, full of hope.” – Maya Angelou

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” – A. A. Milne

“Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop.” – H. L. Mencken

“Love is so short, forgetting is so long.” – Pablo Neruda

“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.” – Oscar Wilde

“Where there is love there is life.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“We come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.” – Sam Keen

“Come live in my heart and pay no rent.” – Samuel Lover

“Pure love is a willingness to give without a thought of receiving anything in return.” – Peace Pilgrim

“It is not night when I do see your face.” – William Shakespeare

“I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days – three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.” – John Keats

“You can’t put a price tag on love, but you can on all its accessories.”- Melanie Clark

“One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.” – Sophocles

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I graduated from Birmingham University. Currently, I am living with my family in the West Midlands of England and working for a media company. My hobby is writing about current affairs, celebrities and fashion.

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