I want to make the reader see, hear, feel and smell Russia"". -- And that is what he succeeds in doing, in this honest recounting of his own journeyings through the cities and provinces of Soviet Russia. An intimate knowledge of Russia through years of residence, a wife who is a Russian and active in Soviet affairs, gives him an authentic background to draw upon. Fairly impartial in giving credit where credit is due, in showing where the Soviet regime has failed. But essentially a picture, not an economic survey.