Book One begins with a brief pre-revolutionary history and continues with a rundown on the fifteen republics of the Soviet Union, the difficulties a foreigner encounters in gaining access to the country, a fascinating study of Moscow and shorter discussions of Leningrad, Minsk, Kiev, Yalta and the area across the Black Sea. Book Two attempts to answer questions on how the Soviet Union is governed, how the process of de-Stalinization is taking place, Russia's progress in science and education, and her cultural achievements. It also describes social and religious customs, economics, the military organization and the devious methods employed in conquering the world without war. These volumes are written with authority by a man who has had firsthand experience with his subject. Highly recommended.