Brady, Rose 1956-
BRADY, Rose 1956-
PERSONAL: Born 1956.
CAREER: Journalist and author. Business Week, Moscow bureau chief, 1989-93, senior writer and editor of European and Latin American editions. Member of board of directors, Alliance of American and Russian Women, Inc., 2000-01.
AWARDS, HONORS: Edward R. Murrow fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, 1993.
Regular contributor to national and international editions of Business Week.
SIDELIGHTS: American journalist Rose Brady has spent many years covering the news of other countries. She served as Moscow's bureau chief for Business Week from 1989 to 1993, and returned numerous times since to cover other Russian news stories, including Boris Yeltsin's reelection. She also has served as Business Week's editor of European and Latin American editions. In 1993, Brady became the Edward R. Murrow fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Drawing from her extensive experience living in Russia and covering news stories in that country, Brady wrote the book Kapitalizm: Russia's Struggle to Free Its Economy. Through interviews with ordinary Russian citizens and major political and economic players, she chronicles the dismantling of the former Soviet Union's economy and the rebuilding of a new, free-market society. She focuses on developments from 1991 to 1997, with topics including economic liberalization, the privatization of state-owned enterprises, the 1996 presidential election, and the role of Western businesspeople. Her interviews include those with government officials Yegor Gaidar, Anatoly Chubais, and Boris Nemtsov. The book's appendixes contain statistical information such as wage, inflation, and poverty level charts.
Overall, book critics praised Brady's work. In particular, reviewers enjoyed her use of individuals' stories to weave together a larger picture of the new Russian economy. "Brady has a talent for personalizing the plot, for bringing large issues down to their day-to-day operations," wrote Commonweal contributor Susan McWilliams. Other reviewers picked up on Brady's extensive experience living in the former Soviet Union as a major asset to her book. "She gives the reader an insider's view of where the process went awry and why so few have benefited," commented Robert Legvold in a Foreign Affairs review.
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Booklist, January 1, 1999, David Rouse, review of Kapitalizm: Russia's Struggle to Free its Economy, p. 808.
Business Week, July 26, 1993, Rose Brady, "Four Years That Shook My World," p. 48; March 22, 1999, "Russian Riddle," p. 22.
Commonweal, October 8, 1999, Susan McWilliams, review of Kapitalizm, p. 25.
Foreign Affairs, March, 1999, Robert Legvold, review of Kapitalizm, p. 152.
Journal of Economic Issues, September, 2000, Carol Clark, review of Kapitalizm, p. 748.
Library Journal, January, 1999, Marcia L. Sprules, review of Kapitalizm, p. 128.
New York Times, March 28, 1999, Fen Montaigne, review of Kapitalizm, p. 17.
Publishers Weekly, January 11, 1999, review of Kapitalizm, p. 62.