Brian Landers' Empires Apart traces the remarkable parallels in American and Russian histories up to the Cold War and beyond. Brian - the Finance Director of one of the major publishers and an expert in business, public policy issues and international affairs - contends the American road to Baghdad started when the first English settlers landed in Virgina determined to impose their values on everyone they encountered. Simultaneously, the first Russians crossed the Urals and the two empires that would dominate the twentieth century were born . . .