In the wake of the Cold War and perestroika, the New Russia is finding its place in the global world. No longer a superpower, but still a nation with great influence, Russia remains an enigmatic and mysterious land. Like earlier editions, the new fourth edition of From Nyet to Da illuminates the dynamics of traditional Russian culture in the framework of contemporary events. With a new preface, a discussion of the political climate in light of the March 2008 elections and updates and revisions throughout, From Nyet to Da enlightens readers about virtually every aspect of Russian life, covering social and interpersonal skills as well as the underlying cultural assumptions and values of the Russian people. Business executives, educators, students, governmental or nongovernmental officials will gain new insights from this sympathetic yet even-handed treatment of the Russian people. Richmond has a talent for objective, clear and balanced writing. He weaves Russian cultural behavior with historical reference and modern-day anecdotes in such a way as to make learning about these fascinating and passionate people an enjoyable experience.
Yale Richmond, a specialist in intercultural communication, served 30 years in the U.S. Foreign Service with postings abroad as a cultural or information officer in Germany, Laos, Poland, Austria, and the Soviet Union. During the detente years of the 1970s, he was Director of the Office of Soviet and East European Exchanges in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State. He retired in 1979 as a Deputy Assistant Director for Europe, U.S. Information Agency.
After retirement, he served three years as a Staff Consultant to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Congress), and eight years as a Senior Program Officer with the National Endowment for Democracy which gives grants to non-governmental organization around the world in support of democracy. In 1983, he was a member of the U.S. delegation to the Madrid review meeting of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Mr. Richmond is a graduate of Boston College from which he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1943; and Columbia University, Master of Arts in History (East European), in 1957.