The quote featured on the jacket regarding Matthews' inspiration for
Stalin's Children is extremely appropriate and neatly summarizes the
book's intent. Matthews succeeds admirably in his goal of describing his
family's journey from Russia to England and back again, in the process
crafting a fascinating history that reads more like a novel than a work of
The book chronicles the lives of Matthews' Russian grandparents, aunt, mother, and Welsh father (as well as delving briefly into his own) who were all directly effected by one or more of the multiple political upheavals that characterized much of Russia's 20th century history. Victims of Stalin's Purge and later Communist crackdowns, most of the family somehow managed to survive. Matthews, a one-time war correspondent for Newsweek, relates his family's experiences with a reporter's eye ...
Photos - Top: Joseph Stalin c.1942. Bottom: The author. Right: Nikolai Yezhov
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No Man's Land
by Simon Tolkien
Inspired by the experiences of his grandfather, J. R. R. Tolkien, during World War I.
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