Behind the Red Veil: An American Inside Gorbachev's Russia

Behind the Red Veil: An American Inside Gorbachev's Russia

by Frank Thoms
Behind the Red Veil: An American Inside Gorbachev's Russia

Behind the Red Veil: An American Inside Gorbachev's Russia

by Frank Thoms


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Frank Thoms went to the Soviet Union not to judge but to learn. As a result, he gained the trust and confidence of the people he befriended—and discovered much about himself. Behind the Red Veil recounts Frank’s quest to understand the Russian people. He spent his initial twenty-five years as a teacher, during which time he pursued his understanding of Marxism, Russian history, and Soviet Communism. His first venture to the Soviet Union occurred in October 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev’s first year as general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. In his following six trips, Frank served twice as a US–Soviet exchange teacher of English in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), and on his own taught English in schools in Moscow and Alma-Ata (Almaty), Kazakhstan. His final journey, which was to the new Russia in 1994, three years after Gorbachev’s resignation, took him to Yekaterinburg in the Ural Mountains. Through it all, Frank sought the love and respect of the Russians he came into contact with. Behind the Red Veil is the story of how they opened their hearts to him—and, in doing so, opened his.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684630561
Publisher: SparkPress
Publication date: 09/15/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 232
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

More than ten years ago, after forty years as a teacher and twelve as a consultant and keynote speaker, Frank Thoms became a writer. He’s published four books: Teaching from the Middle of the Room: Inviting Students to Learn with Stetson Press, (2010), and three books with Rowman&Littlefield, Teaching That Matters: Engaging Minds, Improving Schools (2015); Exciting Classrooms: Practical Information to Ensure Student Success (2015); and Listening is Learning: Conversations between 20th and 21st Century Teachers (2019). He spent the majority of his teaching career with eighth graders in public and private schools in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, coaching soccer and hockey and serving as a timer for a youth ski program. For the past eight years, he has lived with his wife in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where he continues to write, mentors university students, and serves as a member of the faculty, and Ambassador-at-Large for the San Miguel Writers’ Conference.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

I Away from the Tour Bus 9

II A Mini-Mythic Superhero Writ Large 35

III A Fraught Return 52

IV Anguish and Satisfaction 69

V Teachers as Mothers of the State 80

VI The Cult of Lenin 100

VII Like in a Mousetrap 116

VIII Look through the Fingers 125

IX Podskazka, Shparlgaka, and Lying 141

X International Pioneer Camp 152

XI Invoking the Personal 166

Postscript: Not for the Money but for the Soul 192

Coda 206

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