These everyday facts about all phases of life in Eruschev's by NBC's Moscow radio and TV correspondent aim to build up a picture of the Russian as people. What is the actual buying power of the ruble (more than is usually believed)? How does Russian transportation compare to that of the West? How do Russians furnish their homes? Where do they vacation? Who is their favorite entertainer?--are but a sampling from chapters that deal in matters ranging from Russia's agricultural patterns, medicine, religion, press, censorship and political structure down to who gets tips and why. The most conspicuous gap in the lack of information about the Russian intelligentsia, perhaps understandable in a book aimed at the very average reader, but still a fault. This interesting, readable (except for occasional repetitions) and lively compendium is aimed at an audience that wants to learn about a complex subject the easy way.