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An Immigrant's Love Letter to the West

By: Konstantin Kisin
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For all of the West's failings—terrible food, cold weather and questionable politicians with funny hair to name a few—it has its upsides. Konstantin would know. Growing up in the Soviet Union, he experienced first-hand the horrors of a socialist paradise gone wrong, having lived in extreme poverty with little access to even the most basic of necessities. It wasn't until he moved to the UK that Kisin found himself thriving in an open and tolerant society, receiving countless opportunities he would never have had otherwise.

Funny, provocative and unswervingly perceptive, An Immigrant's Love letter to the West interrogates the developing sense of self-loathing the Western sphere has adopted and offers an alternative perspective. Exploring race politics, free speech, immigration and more, Kisin argues that wrongdoing and guilt need not pervade how we feel about the West—and Britain—today, and that despite all its ups and downs, it remains one of the best places to live in the world.

After all, if an immigrant can't publicly profess their appreciation for this country, who can?

©2022 Konstantin Kisin (P)2022 Hachette Audio UK

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So personal and touching

I just loved this book. You so rarely hear expressions of unqualified gratitude for anything these days. It’s not political in that it’s neither right nor left, but it is a powerful critique of communism and a hopeful appeal to enlist it’s enemies to “testify” before it’s too late. Everyone should give it a listen whatever your political affiliation. This Russian immigrant’s story was beautifully told, deeply personal, and read by the author himself.

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“Before the millennium arrived people in Russia had even stopped having children because there was so much instability. By 1999 the total population fell by about 3/4 of a million, which is a lot. Rates of suicide and murder were also increasing. Access to medicine was poor. I watched all this unfold on the news from my new adopted home. I also kept in touch with old school friends who’d tell me of the disturbing world they were living in. And, crucially, how lucky I was to have been air-lifted out and delivered into a place of peace and prosperity, a country where I could thrive and be equal. And, although I missed my family, I knew they were right. I can still remember the day I arrived in the UK with a wonderful sense of promise and expectation. Twenty-five years on that feeling of freedom has never gone away. Nor has my adopted country ever disappointed me. Despite all the ups and downs, it has always been wonderful to me. That’s why I’ve written this love letter to Western civilization. In short, Britain and the West in general saved me from a terrible fate. Now, as people seek to destroy it, I want to save it in return.”

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"Susan Sarandon" is the missing name, in chapter 1

I love Konstantin Kisin, and the book is better than I expected!

22:20 or so, 3/4 through chapter one, a sentence is left out. After he talks about Michael Moore, he meant to say:
"Actress Susan Sarandon is another example."

I bought a Kindle copy to find out, so Dear Audible, if you can fix that, please do, and send me an updated copy. :-)
If you CAN fix it, feel free to edit my comment, though those who downloaded it in the first couple of days will still have the mystery. Susan Sarandon is the "she" following Mchael Moore.

But other than that one confusing omission, the information is quick and solid. There is a great deal about the Soviet Union that we in the west weren't able to hear or know, and I"m glad to learn these things.

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Refreshing Take

Kisin provides a refreshing and sobering take on the current events of today by comparing and contrasting to the historical record, and applies his own lived experience and does it in a convincing and often humorous way. Highly recommend!

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Simply Brilliant

Konstantin Kisin's personal history, keen insight, and clever satire provide a uniquely powerful and urgently needed warning to complacent westerners.

From the painful memories to the gratitude for freedom to the frustration with well-meaning (but clueless) progessives, the author's distinctive voice (literal and figurative) complements the text perfectly.

"An Immigrant's Love Letter to the West" should be required reading in every Western school.

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A bitter pill washed down with some fine wine…

Although the facts and data on our postmodern culture presented by Mr. Kissin are a very bitter pill to swallow, his witty humor and logic ease the distaste. This book should be required reading for state university students in the US. Yes, the west still has some problems and our history is far from morally immaculate. However I don’t think that many people who criticize western culture think things through the way Mr. Kissin has expressed in this book. His unique experiences have placed him in a credible position to address our western culture, Marxism and immigration.

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Truth Delivered with Wit and Cutting Dry Humor

Konstantin Kisin has emitted a bright and shining light of truth about the current state of affairs in the World, in particular, the West in a sane, rational, razor sharp wit and the driest form of humor. This little book is a must read for anybody who is able to read.
My deepest thanks and highest praise for Konstantin and bravo to him for raising a long needed voice.

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Perfect

I loved this book so much, I'll make this brief because I want to listen to it again immediately.

This is the right message from the right person at the right time, read by the same right person who wrote it. I was deeply moved by Konstantin's "lived experience" and that of his family. He successfully lays out the sticky web of wokeness that has engulfed the world in an entertaining, uncomplicated way. All you've gotta do is open your ears.

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An important book

An extremely important message delivered with world class sarcasm and personal experience. The timing of the release is perfect as it shed light on the complex problems we face in today's society, issues hard to understand and wrap ones head around.

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Serious but funny

Or maybe funny but serious! Either way we in the West are idiots for falling for this shit. Stand up future serfs.

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goes well with Douglas Murray book War on the West

very relevant in today's society and an especially intriguing View from an immigrant from communist Russia and entertaining as well

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  • JW
  • 07-15-22

In 5 years this will be the biggest I TOLD YOU SO

KK doesn’t hold back, his insights on communism as an immigrant from Russia resonate exactly to today’s culture war. He draws parallels which are impossible to debunk, and by his estimations, we don’t have much time left to reverse the otherwise inevitable.

Give this book to a normie friend.



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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-14-22

Well written (not so common) sense

KK is once again the voice of reason and good sense in a world that gets crazier by the day. This book is a must listen/read. I’m going to get my 14 year old to listen to it, it’ll help her rebut some of the rubbish she is taught at school! 10/10

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-17-22

Requited love

I bought this title as a fan of the show Triggernometry, which kept me sane and entertained during the pandemic.

The book provides a timely warning to the West that we stand up for ourselves amid the cultural zeitgeist. Far from hyperbolic, Konstantin draws parallels between emerging trends in the West and those of his former country.

The statistics provided through issue a sobering look about increasing problems facing contemporary society.

The often grave narrative is offset by moments of levity with satire, anecdotes and genuine laugh out loud moments.

I felt the end to the book was a little sharp and that it could have been brought to a close in a more upbeat manner. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed it and think you might too!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-16-22

Westerners, you NEED to hear this.

Coming from Communist China, KK's story sounds eerily familiar to me. Pretty much every family in my mother and grandmother's generations has a similarly sorrowful story, so yeah, PLEASE don't repeat our mistakes. PS: I love how KK would do his accent, chuckle, choke, and take a swipe at FF the hangry even in his audio book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-16-22

Must read

Highly recommended read from Konstantin Kisin. This book is utterly entertaining and thoroughly thought provoking.

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  • thomas menezes
  • 07-16-22

must listen

loved it. very interesting and informative.
his life and family's history add alot of perspective on modern day perspective of immigration.

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  • Sexy cat lady Grr
  • 12-04-22

Powerful stuff

Very well written and thought provoking! Love this and the fresh ideas and lack of bull poop !

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  • HJM VAN SCHALKWIJK
  • 12-01-22

A convincing plea for moderate "anti-woke-ism"

Mr Kisin is very good at explaining things.
Shocking how today's fashions destroy us.

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  • A parent
  • 11-27-22

Spot on

Add to your library. This is a well- written piece that assembles much of the evidence for why western societies are worth protecting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-20-22

Frighteningly Accurate

I like the fact Konstantin is telling a story largely from his own experiences and that of his families. His observations are frighteningly accurate and if I’m honest, don’t give me too much optimism for the future of the western world, unless things change and soon.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-17-22

Great book

Interesting book from a perspective you don’t normally hear from. You will really enjoy this book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-17-22

Great perspective of the risks facing the West

Very amusing and insightful analysis of recent
history of the Anglosphere and the threats posed by wokeness.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-07-22

Important read

With bombardment of anti-west sentiment throughout all forms of media, when my children get old enough to read and understand, this will be one of the books I assign them.

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  • Mr Michael P Foster
  • 10-24-22

Riveting

An entertaining listen with a powerful message. I'll be looking to purchase a physical copy to add to my library. Keep up the good work Mr Kisin.

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  • Ben Morris
  • 08-24-22

Unapologetically grateful for Western values

A stark but wonderful reminder of how important it is for all who have the privelidge of being born into, experience, benefit from and enjoy the Western Social Democratic Capitalistic system to be grateful they are not living under any version of a Marxist Communist Social system of equality. A warning of what may befall us all if we keep going down the path we seem to going. And a call for those who want to protect what is the best part of our lives to use your voice to let others know. Well done Mr. Kisin.

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  • mike bird
  • 08-22-22

Intelligent, informative, Engaging,

Such an easy listen, packed with information on how the Anglosphere is being destroyed by ideologues and their useful idiots. Motivating and impactful viewpoint from someone with "lived experience" of the much espoused woke alternative, as to how and why we should stand up and defend the luxury and beauty of the West, and be proud of our heritage and ourselves.

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  • Ione Barczak
  • 07-28-22

Great read

Funny, pertinent, illuminating, this book is a must! Get to know why the west is still the best

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-21-22

Interesting, insightful, easy and enjoyable

I like Konstantin's style that is easy to listen to and to absorb. The book provides a good context and outside-in perspective to some of the current trends. I've enjoyed how KK mixes the big trends with his personal story (which is interesting on its own) and serious topics with small jokes.
Looking forward to your next book Konstantin!
Some future topics suggestions:
1/ How we can apply in post-communist countries what we have learnt in the west
2/ If you wake up in 20 years and the world would reach KK's ideal - how would that world look like? (would love to see you working on that one with people like Jordan P, Sam H, etc.)
Side note: I hope Konstantin returns to comedy one day, I find his gigs hilarious. (KK candidate to KKK? --> maybe something to explore in one of your future gigs :).