Marooned in Moscow

Marooned in Moscow

by William Benton Whisenhunt, Marguerite Harrison

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Soon after Marguerite Harrison's gripping autobiography was published, the New York Times called it the most interesting and valuable book available on contemporary Russia. Yet, inexplicably, the work has been out of print for 80 years.

First published in 1921, just months after Harrison's release from a Bolshevik prison. Marooned in Moscow provides a fascinating account of her entry into war-torn Russia in early 1920, first-person impressions of many in the top Soviet leadership, and her increasingly dangerous work as a journalist and spy, to say nothing of her work on behalf of prisoners, her two arrests, and her eventual ten-month-long imprisonment, including in the infamous Lubyanka prison. It is a veritable encyclopedia of life in Russia in the early 1920s.

Harrison's work came out fully a decade earlier than most other accounts of Soviet Russia and is very mzuch in the tradition of John Reed's Ten Days That Shook the World, yet Harrison's is not a sympathetic voice. She is an incredibly observant, tenacious and meticulous journalist, but also very much an ordinary American woman caught up in extraordinary events.

This new edition has been meticulously edited, glossed with hundreds of useful explanatory footnotes, supplemented with documents from KGB and U.S. intelligence archives, as well as photographs of many of the main actors and locales, and includes an introduction by the editor, William Benton Whisenhunt.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012885692
Publisher: Russian Life Books
Publication date: 06/21/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 814,396
File size: 857 KB

About the Author

Marguerite Harrison was born in the late 1870s to a prominent Baltimore family. Her early life was somewhat uneventful, but when her husband died in 1915, that all changed. Through her work as a journalist for the Baltimore Sun during World War I, she began to work simultaneously as a journalist and spy, first in post-war Germany and then in post-revolutionary Russia. After her first imprisonment in Russia (which is the central fixture of this book), she returned to Russia (only to be imprisoned again), traveled across Asia, trekked the Middle East, wrote illuminating accounts of her adventures, co-founded the Society of Women Geographers, helped produce perhaps the world’s first film documentary (Grass), and authored an autobiography of her first sixty years.

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