Atlantic Monthly Non-fiction Prize Winner -- this should shift it from the classification of Dark Horse to Must Book, but the asterisk it rates on its own merit. And the combination should do its share towards shouting to the passer-by:- ""Here is a book you must not miss. Yes, it's about Russia, and about the Revolution. Yes, it is 'dated' since the period it covers cods in 1925. Yes, it is 'another personal experience story'. -- here are the reasons it is different. The author was not a political her people were not rich, nor conspicuous; her adventures were the sort that might happen to anyone of us, put in similar position; her picture of life during more than two years of deation under the stumbling start of the Soviet is charged with human interest, with intimate bits about food and clothes and lodgings and jobs and the relations between those who kept themselves detached from politics and those who were convinced Communists. And it is vividly told, with enough of the emotional quality and the personal quality to keep it alive every minute --and yet objective enough to make one feel its authenticity. I liked it so much that I'm willing to recommend it whole-heartedly."" So much for the book itself. Publishers' advertising, promotion and the publicity attendant on the winning of the prize which went last to Land Below the Mind by Agnes Keith -- plus a guardedly sympathetic interest once more in things Soviet -- all will help.