Fresh from a foreign service stint in Moscow, the Rosenfelds write down their reactions and findings concerning the Soviet Union from ""a Moscow vantage-point"" and with ""immersion"" accounting for certain topics they discuss (i.e., the vanishing babushkas who babysit, etc.). They found Stalin's legacy of mistrust still active on a social level, found too that ""the real Russia started where the Embassy stopped."" They portray Moscow as a city shaped by two invasions, the Tartar and the Communist, give an idea of the Muscovite's Moscow. On the national scene, Russia has ""a party of fathers in a nation of sons"" (who are both alienated and eager for certain decencies): they question who is to be in charge, the men who run the Communist party or the men who run the economy. Internationally, they pose both the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. as great powers who wish to see their values extended abroad...still. In view of books with greater immediacy and insight, this can only be considered of minor interest.