The author of Escape from the Soviets has told here, in a series of dramatic personality sketches, the story of fifteen Russian women, drawn from different classes of life, responding in strikingly different ways to the impact of a new world. Throughout runs the thread of life among the Soviets, of the hardships, the tragedies, the occasional flashes of humor and idealism, the fanaticism, the cruelty. One senses the power of officialdom -- the degradation of the former ruling classes. Intensely personal, since the women were all part of the writer's own experience. Vivid -- powerful -- simple. The previous book was a dark horse success, and should give good impetus to this.