2024 books!

I’m thrilled to announce my 2024 collaborations! On May 14, Twelve published The Situation Room, by George Stephanopoulos with Lisa Dickey, which went instantly to #1 on the New York Times best seller list. Booklist calls it “a thrilling tour of this little known but crucial facet of the United States government…a must-read.” You can order here. On July 9, Simon & Schuster released True Gretch, by Gretchen Whitmer, a funny, personal and fascinating account of the Michigan governor’s life and career that hit #4 on the NYT list. Click…

The things we carried

When Gary Matoso and I went on that first trip across Russia, in 1995, we brought along enough cords, adapters, floppy disks, rolls of film and batteries to open our own pop-up Best Buy. At that time, it would have been virtually impossible to replace anything that got lost or broken on the road, so we made sure we had at least two of everything.

40 years ago

In the summer of 1976, when I was nine, my mother decided she’d like to visit the Soviet Union. My father was a US Navy pilot, the Cold War was in full swing, and Russians, as far as I knew, were our sworn enemies. What in the world was my mother thinking, going there on vacation?