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Mission to Moscow

Mission to Moscow

By Joseph E. Davies

Simon and Schuster, 1941, 659 pp.

Mr. Davies became United States Ambassador to Soviet Russia late in 1936 and served in Moscow during a fateful period in Soviet history. A lawyer and business man, projected suddenly into the maelstrom of international power politics, Mr. Davies shows himself in these highly illuminating memoirs to have been a cannier judge of men and events than many a professional diplomat. He took his job seriously, travelled about the country extensively, and talked with all conditions of men from Stalin down to the lowly mujik. The result -- pieced together from his reports to the State Department, from his diary and from personal letters -- is one of the best informed books to appear in recent years on Soviet Russia.