Seattle-based historian Douglas Smith launches his newest work of Russian history this evening. Each of his books has told stories heretofore not widely known of this land that has quite the place in the current scheme of things internationally. The Russian Job: The Forgotten Story of How America Save the Soviet Union from Ruin (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) follows Love & Conquest, The Pearl, Forgotten People, and Rasputin in informing with excellent narrative writing based on extensive research.
"In July 1921, a massive humanitarian mission was initiated by American philanthropist Herbert Hoover to rescue the Russian people from a famine of cataclysmic proportions. The Russian Job pulls no punches in its brilliant, disturbing and at times horrifically graphic descriptions of people on the abyss of starvation, some of them driven to the ultimate crime of cannibalism. The sufferings witnessed by the American team were unimaginable and left an indelible impression that would haunt them for the rest of their lives. This is an important story that needed to be told and Douglas Smith has produced a fast moving and most compelling read." —Helen Rappaport.
Presented by Town Hall Civics in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Tickets and more information, here.