Born in 1969, in Moscow, he grew up in Los Angeles after his Russian Jewish parents emigrated to the United States. He received a bachelorís degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and a masterís degree in history from Yale University. Before joining the Council on Foreign Relations, Mr. Boot was a writer and feature editor at The Wall Street Journal editorial page. He lives with his family in the New York area.'
The name 'Boot' sounds neither Russian or Jewish?
The above is a biographical note on a NYT piece.