The article is a review of the following items: 1. Power, Culture, and Economic Change in Russia: To the Undiscovered Country of Post-socialism, 1988–2008, by Jeffrey Hass . New York, NY: Routledge, 2011. 301pp.$130.00 cloth. ISBN: 9780415666916. 2. Invisible Hands, Russian Experience, and Social Science: Approaches to Understanding Systemic Failure, by Stefan Hedlund . New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2011. 307pp. $95.00 cloth. ISBN: 9780521768108.