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The Russian Job: The Forgotten Story of How America Saved the Soviet Union from Famine

Douglas Smith.
Item #: D13395
Format: Hardcover
Pages/Publication Date: 464 / 2019
Publisher: Picador
ISBN: 9781509882892
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In 1921, facing one of the worst famines in history, the new Soviet government under Vladimir Lenin invited Herbert Hoover's American Relief Administration to save Russia from ruin. For two years, a small, daring band of Americans fed more than ten million people across a million square miles of territory. It was the largest humanitarian operation in history, the author of Rasputin explains, preventing the loss of countless lives, social unrest on a massive scale, and the collapse of the communist state. Both governments would eventually bury all memory of the program, and so here Douglas Smith re-creates this watershed moment of superpower cooperation.


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