Metaxas, in a forthright spirit, informs us that he has ""been able to penetrate the very soul of the land and people of Gogol...."" He also finds himself blessed with ""an intuitive appreciation and instinctive understanding of all that is Russian"". This he attributes to his ability to speak Russian fluently, and beyond that, to his knowledge of ""the literature of the country, its music, and many memories of what my father had told me..."" Recently Metaxas visited Moscow as a tourist. He spoke Russian to Russians- not at Embassy dinners- but in the subways, shops and streets. Evidently his outstanding gifts stood him in good stead for he was able to reach a great many fundamental conclusions. He feels that the loathing of the Kremlin and Communism is universal and that the system, in fact, is breaking down. If the movie houses in Russia were permitted to show ""The Battleship Potemkin"" to the masses, he is convinced that the Kremlin would be overthrown. These are among the observations that he makes, but it would be unfair to give away the surprise discoveries of a first-hand report of One Who Was There and spoke Russian to the Russians.