A Newsweek correspondent who was expelled in 1982 after just 14 months in Moscow, Nagorski traveled around the country looking for news rather than relying on official sources.
Nagorski, who was Newsweek's Moscow bureau chief from May 1981 until August 1982, joins a growing body of correspondents such as Michael Binyon ( Life in Russia , LJ 5/1/84) and Kevin Klose ( Russia and the Russians , LJ 3/1/84) who have chronicled their experiences within and their impressions of one of the most enigmatic societies. Nagorski differed from most of his colleagues in his ability to speak Russian, his eagerness to travel outside the major cities, and his willingness to meet all sorts of Soviet citizens: academics to dissidents to black marketeers. He also was the first American reporter expelled by the Kremlin since 1977. An extremely readable and personal account of one journalist's struggles with a markedly different tradition.