Friends and Enemies: What I Learned in Russia

Friends and Enemies: What I Learned in Russia

Friends and Enemies: What I Learned in Russia

Friends and Enemies: What I Learned in Russia

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This is not a "book" about Russia; it is a collection of brief reports about a journey through the Soviet Union during the summer of 1958. They were written and published serially after my return in the autumn and have not been revised in substance. My sons Borden and John Fell, who were with me, took the photographs.

In 1926, as a young man, I traveled across the young Soviet Union from the Caucasus to Finland. This time, thirty-two years later, I traveled from Finland out to Central Asia and Siberia--including areas closed to foreigners which the Soviet Government kindly opened to me.

Like all Americans I am curious about Russia, which has contradicted our ideas, organized a vast empire, raised our taxes, and challenged the United States to political, economic and military competition everywhere--all in forty years. That is why I went back--to see the Russia of today and its leaders for myself. What I saw and heard I attempted to summarize in these reports when I came home. They suffer from all the frailties of first impression, abbreviation and my limited perception.

The changes I saw in the Soviet Union after thirty years did not surprise me very much--except that the . . .

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