Sharon Tennison and the Center for Citizen Initiatives proudly introduce the story of our three decades of work in Russia, The Power of Impossible Ideas: ordinary citizens' extraordinary efforts to avert international crisis.
The Power of Impossible Ideas

Book Tour: The Power of Impossible Ideas

Read the history of Russia’s last three turbulent decades as observed by naive American citizens who traveled there in 1983 searching for keys to end the nuclear arms race. They could have never guessed they would be central to many of the totally unexpected changes to come. Experience their skirmishes with the CIA, FBI, KGB and FSB, being arrested, put in jail, in addition to creating unique programs to help Russian citizens survive the dissolution of the USSR and to begin recreating themselves after the fall of Communism.

Impossible Ideas moves the Americans rapidly forward from obscurity to finding themselves inside the Kremlin, the White House, and the U.S. Congress. A fascinating read, the book is a testament to the power of ordinary citizens to act on their most outlandish ideas and watch them become reality, even in an international quagmire as deeply entrenched as was the US-USSR relationship.

What They Are Saying

This book is one that in my opinion is utterly objective in its appraisal of history and its view on the potential future of the two nations.
-John E. Pepper, Jr.

Politicians should apply the same principles in dealing with other countries that we urge our children to use on their playgrounds.
- Steve Wozniak

This account of CCI and its various programs is an exciting and insightful read.
- Jack F. Matlock, Jr.

Get Your Copy

The story of our 27 years of work in Russia, The Power of Impossible Ideas by Sharon Tennison, is on bookshelves now.

The Book Tour

CCI President Sharon Tennison is currently on tour across the US, sharing the book and giving talks on "Russia Today"

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