Wall Street Journal

This book is the moving, well-written story of what happened when a reporter refused merely to copy the pictures painted by Kremlin officials, and tried instead to lift the censorial dropcloth that conceals much of Soviet life. This effort to find out about the man on the street was the sort of impermissible activity that earned Mr. Nagorski his expulsion from the country.

Reluctant Farewell

An American Reporter's Candid Look Inside the Soviet Union

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.