There was a flush of questions that immediately dominated my thoughts as I listened to the woman’s voice on the other end of the telephone.
“This is the Shirley Temple look-alike, you wrote about in your book,” the voice said. It was a voice I had not heard for more than a half of a [...]
It would be my first of seven talks in California that I would give on The Cold War and my recently published book, “The Repatriate: Love Basketball and the KGB”. Our first stop was Mission Hills, a serene senior citizens community that has a notable museum, the Ararat Eskijian, on its spacious and plush site.
It was Churchill who noted that facts are better than dreams.
For we can dream all we want of jobs, or a national health care program, or financial security, or peace, if we do not work for those ends, it just won’t happen.
To hope is good, but the word is too subjective. I can [...]
I did not anticipate, nor was I prepared to immediately answer, the question. Over the years the memory of the events had been relegated to the farthest corners of my mind. It would take time to recall the story. And one thing a speaker doesn’t have when facing a group is time.
I had been [...]
He was born in Germany at the height of Hitler’s power.
I was born in Detroit the year before the Great Depression.
After World War II, he chose America and attended the University of Michigan, becoming a prominent architect.
After World War II, I chose the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and became a teacher [...]
How could anyone praise such a murderous dictator as Nikita Khrushchev?
That was one of several questions leveled at me during one of my book talks in the city of Oscoda, Michigan, where a group of citizens had invited me to speak. Most in that group knew their history; some even had helped write a [...]