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Journey Across Russia: The Soviet Union Today

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Hardcover, 378 pages
Published 1982 by National Geographic Society (first published 1977)
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Randy Mcdonald
Jun 22, 2013 Randy Mcdonald rated it really liked it
Thursday, I was lucky. Bart McDowell and Dean Conger 's classic 1977 National Geographic book Journey Across Russia: The Soviet Union Today was one of the first books I ever read on the former Soviet Union, in the adult stacks in Charlottetown's Confederation Centre Public Library . Much to my surprise, I found a copy for sale, literally on the street at Bloor and Brunswick , for a mere five dollars. This copy even came with the classic two-sided ethnopolitical February 1976 map of the ...more
Feb 20, 2009 Colette rated it really liked it
This is a delightful little book, perfect digested on a subway ride. The author and his photographer friend journey around the Soviet Union. They're only allowed to go to "open" cities, so they're limited to Intourist destinations. The text is okay, but the photographs are wonderful.

The descriptions of train rides, with the passengers cold and unfriendly at the beginning- but crying as the authors depart days down the line- were the highlight of the book.

The book is divided into geographical se
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a portrait of the 1970s Soviet Union, through the lenses of a camera and one American journalist's writing. some great photos!
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Bart McDowell was an award-winning writer and senior editor at National Geographic magazine in Washington for 32 years. During the course of his career he wrote nearly three dozen articles and several books.

Mr. McDowell worked on six continents and in 67 countries.

He was an officer in the Navy during World War II.
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