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L. D. Anderson studied Comparative Religion (B.A. cum laude) at Harvard and received an M.A. in Philosophy from Penn State. He studied law and philosophy at the Catholic University of America. He is a retired Idaho State Senator who now spends much of his time writing. He lives in southern Idaho. He is the author of the award winning novel, The Order of the Beloved.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (November 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595491898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595491896
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,960,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Giguere on February 2, 2009
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UNDERGROUND is a true story, a memoir that takes us into the chilling day-to-day reality of Soviet life and a daring escape plan, through the eyes of a then-young visiting American.

Larrey Anderson was a wide-eyed down-home Idaho guy tromping around 1982 Russia in hiking boots. But he was also a Harvard grad who'd arrived with his USSR history firmly in place, wanting to do research for a novel. Perhaps more important than academic credentials, he brought with him an outlook made raw and sensitive by the pain of an eroding marriage, the aching despair of failed love, and acute loneliness for his young children.

UNDERGROUND is a story of a group of ordinary, yet remarkable, women doing whatever was necessary to escape the leaden tyranny of Soviet Communism. It's also an unpretentious story of self-discovery.

Almost from the moment the mysterious Anna found the young American looking for a meal, he somehow became indispensible to this woman and her circle. They had found someone from the outside who would listen, someone to validate them, even help with their desperate plans.

Anderson's account is direct and sincere, all the more compelling for its lack of journalistic hyperbole. Americans can scarcely imagine what it would be like to live in a country where things like owning tools and carrying hard currency were illegal, where leaving was prohibited, and the KGB lurked nearly everywhere, a drab and hopeless society where people pretended to work, and the government pretended to pay them. This is the context of this memoir.

UNDERGROUND unfolds like a suspense novel, and the characters are real and memorable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Lee on January 6, 2009
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I'm glad you got this written. I really like it. You either have an incredible memory or you took impeccable notes. Good luck with it. Your X
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn on January 13, 2011
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Have never read a book like this before. Not quite sure how to review it. It was a good book - had to remind myself at times it was non-fiction. Kind of a light-hearted look at a horrible way of life. The ending was not as I expected, but glad all turned out well.
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