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Mon Feb 06, 2012 12:16 pm
Only One Year, by Svetlana Alliluyeva (Stalina).
This is Joseph Stalin's daughter (1926-2011). She writes of her decision to defect to the United States during a visit to India in 1967. She tells why she decided not to return to the Soviet Union, and her memories of her father and the brutal regime he ran in the USSR.
And she describes how she left the Soviet Embassy in Delhi two days before she was due to fly back to Moscow, taking a cab to the American Embassy, which flew her to Italy the same night and then to Switzerland that next day, before being granted entry to the United States.
If you haven't read this classic, get it. It's probably at your library. About a guy who grew up a misfit after literally being dropped on his head as a kid, only to find his place in the Colorado Rockies as a ski instructor and bum. Five stars.
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