The Russian Job

The Forgotten Story of How America Saved the Soviet Union from Ruin by Douglas Smith

  • Published: Aug 26, 2020

An award-winning historian reveals the harrowing, little-known story of an American effort to save the newly formed Soviet Union from disaster After decades of the Cold War and renewed tensions, in the wake of Russian meddling in the 2016 election,... read more

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Details of The Russian Job

Exact title of the book
The Russian Job
Book author
Douglas Smith
ISBN
9780374718381
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Nov 05, 2019
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
320
File size (in PDF)
2880 kB

Some brief overview of book

An award-winning historian reveals the harrowing, little-known story of an American effort to save the newly formed Soviet Union from disaster After decades of the Cold War and renewed tensions, in the wake of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, cooperation between the United States and Russia seems impossible to imagineand yet, as Douglas Smith reveals, it has a forgotten but astonishing historical precedent. In 1921, facing one of the worst famines in history, the new Soviet government under Vladimir Lenin invited the American Relief Administration, Herbert Hoovers brainchild, to save communist Russia from ruin. For two years, a small, daring band of Americans fed more than ten million men, women, and children across a million square miles of territory.

It was the largest humanitarian operation in historypreventing the loss of countless lives, social unrest on a massive scale, and, quite possibly, the collapse of the communist state. Now, almost a hundred years later, few in either America or Russia have heard of the ARA. The Soviet government quickly began to erase the memory of American charity.

In America, fanatical anti-communism would eclipse this historic cooperation with the Soviet Union. Smith resurrects the American relief mission from obscurity, taking the reader on an unforgettable journey from the heights of human altruism to the depths of human depravity. The story of the ARA is filled with political intrigue, espionage, the clash of ideologies, violence, adventure, and romance, and features some of the great historical figures of the twentieth century.

In a time of cynicism and despair about the worlds ability to confront international crises, The Russian Job is a riveting account of a cooperative effort unmatched before or since.

About author

Smith is an award-winning historian and translator and the author of Rasputin and Former People, which was a bestseller in the U. K. His books have been translated into a dozen languages.

The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he has written for The New York Times and Wall Street Journal and has appeared in documentaries with the BBC, National Geographic, and Netflix. Before becoming a historian, he worked for the U. S.

State Department in the Soviet Union and as a Russian affairs analyst for Radio Free EuropeRadio Liberty. He lives with his family in Seattle.

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