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This is something new and different. Instead of an American diplomat's wife-or an American correspondent -- going to Russia and reporting on how the Russians live, we have Nila Magidoff, Russian wife of the NBC commentator, coming to America and overflowing with her spontaneous- and seemingly unedited- impressions of America. A lecture schedule- or many of them- have made certain that she has traveled far, but this is no travelogue. Rather is it a record of the impact of American ways on a Russian, conditioned all her life to shortages, hardship, lack of liberty, fear, crowded living quarters, strained human relations. The major part of the book is her own story, from childhood through marriage with a man who ultimately was victimized by the Soviet, to security- after peril of disaster- in a second marriage to Robert Magidoff in Moscow. It is a close up, intimate picture of what it is like to be a child of revolution, a part of an upheaval in living, a victim of the contradictions and disillusionments. I found it fascinating reading, despite the hurdle (sometimes providing real amusement) of Nila's turn of phrase, misuse and abuse of the English tongue. Mrs. Ethridge has allowed this to be wholly Nila's own story.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster