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The Russian Job: The Forgotten Story of How America Saved Russia from Famine

The Russian Job: The Forgotten Story of How America Saved Russia from Famine (Hardback)

By Smith, Douglas

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In 1921, after six years of unrelenting war and revolution, Russia was in ruins. The economy had collapsed, the country was ravaged by disease and starvation claimed the lives of millions. People were so desperate for food that there were reports of cannibalism, reports that were... revealed to be horribly accurate. Remarkably, it was a young American aid worker who uncovered the truth and, even more remarkably, it was the US-backed charity that had sent him to Russia that would save Lenin's fledgling government by feeding his people. In The Russian Job, acclaimed historian Douglas Smith tells the gripping story of how an American charity fought the Russian famine. Backed by $20 million from the US government, and founded by Herbert Hoover, US Secretary of Commerce, the American Relief Administration recruited more than three hundred young Americans, many of them war veterans. They would oversee the distribution of food, clothing and medical supplies to people throughout Russia's vast landmass, saving millions of lives. Vividly written, with a rich cast of characters and a deep understanding of the period, The Russian Job shines a bright light on this strange and shadowy moment in history.
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ISBN 9781509882892
Released NZ 12 Nov 2019
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781509882892
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Picador
Released 12 Nov 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Smith, Douglas
Category World History: From C 1900 -
European History
American History
Charities & Voluntary Services
Revolutions & Coups
Number of Pages 464
Dimensions Width: 161mm
Height: 241mm
Spine: 33mm
Dewey Code 363.883094709042
Weight 530g
Interest Age 18+ years
Reading Age 18+ years
Library of Congress Famines - Soviet Union, International relief - Soviet Union, Americans - Soviet Union, Soviet Union - Social conditions - 1917-1945
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade