|Pages/Publication Date:||464 / 2019|
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.