An American Engineer Tells What He Saw and Did During Ten Years of Gold Mining for Stalin"" -- so reads the sub- title. This is primarily a man's -- and an engineer's -- book. It reveals a long time knowledge of conditions rather than a superficial survey of the Soviet in a special field. Fairly impersonal and objective -- an account of what he saw and experienced in ten years' high pressure mining. The Gold Trust and how it came to be, the powers behind it, the problems presented and solved, methods of work, employment problems, living conditions, success in spite of handicaps. The book portrays a singular indifference to politics.