Russian Optimism: Dark Nursery Rhymes To Cheer You Right Up

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8.5 X 0.31 X 8.5 inches | 0.78 pounds
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About the Author

Chris James is the Professor of Educational Leadership and Management in the Department of Education at the University of Bath. He researches and teaches educational leadership, management and governance. During his career, Chris has published over 100 journal articles/book chapters and written 15 books/major reports. His research interests include the organizational dynamics of schools and colleges as institutions and in particular: leadership influence; the importance of management; the affective aspects of organizing in schools, the organizational complexity of schools as institutions; and the way people make their surroundings. Chris also researches the governing and governance of educational institutions and directs the Governing and Governance in Education Research Programme at the University of Bath. In the last seven years, he has completed nine research projects on the governing and governance of educational institutions.

Ben Rosenfeld is a quirky immigrant whose comedy is best described as playfully dark, seriously smart. He's been seen on BuzzFeedVideo and is slightly TikTok famous with over 160K followers and 5M likes. Ben's also appeared on FOX's Laughs, Travel Channel's Mysteries At The Museum, CBS This Morning, Nat Geo's Brain Games, Netflix's Brainchild, NPR's Weekend Edition, SiriusXM Radio, The New York Post and been featured as TimeOut New York's Joke of the Week. Ben has four comedy albums streaming on Apple Music & Spotify and his latest video special is available on Amazon Prime.


"'Russian Optimism', so simple, yet so wise, and a great gift for your friends, but probably not your mom." -The Interrobang "So Disturbing You Can't Help But Laugh" -Fan Girl Nation "If you enjoyed Adam Mansbach's Go the F**k to Sleep, you just may be amused by some Russian nursery rhymes guaranteed to make you laugh. Or feel suicidal." -The Political Carnival "Dark and morbid, but also hilarious" -Gear Diary "A rather interesting book... some of the rhymes were pretty good and others were downright disturbing." -Storeybook Reviews "Reminded me of how happy I was to not be stuck on a cattle car headed to a concentration camp." -Rise Up and Write