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The Russians Mass Market Paperback – August 12, 1984
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This book covers a multitude of experiences foreigners didn't normally get to have in Soviet Russia. As an American journalist who speaks decent(?) Russian, Hendrick Smith both partakes in the Soviet Russia's shiny facade created specifically for Western consumption, and engages into normal Soviet reality, that is, normal for Russian citizens. He and his family meet and befriend people in the true Russian friendships - where secrets are discussed, unorthodox ideas are shared, and yes, lots of vodka is consumed.
And then there are reflections and comparisons and cleverly and generously supplied statistics from official Russian-approved sources and guesstimates by western researchers about the scale of things in Soviet Russia.
This books discusses both Soviet and American propaganda of the 70s, but the story itself is fair and earnest and told by a kind and involved observer.
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