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Daughter of the Cold War.

Daughter of the Cold War

Grace Kennan Warnecke

University of Pittsburgh Press

3400 Forbes Avenue, 5th floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

9780822945208, $24.95, HC, 304pp,

Synopsis: "Daughter of the Cold War" is author Grace Kennan Warnecke's personal memoir is about a life lived on the edge of history. Daughter of one of the most influential diplomats of the twentieth century, wife of the scion of a newspaper dynasty and mother of the youngest owner of a major league baseball team, Grace eventually found her way out from under the shadows of others to forge a dynamic career of her own.

Born in Latvia, Grace lived in seven countries and spoke five languages before the age of eleven. As a child, she witnessed Hitler's march into Prague, attended a Soviet school during World War II, and sailed the seas with her father. In a multi-faceted career, she worked as a professional photographer, television producer, and book editor and critic. Eventually, like her father, she became a Russian specialist, but of a very different kind. She accompanied Ted Kennedy and his family to Russia, escorted Joan Baez to Moscow to meet with dissident Andrei Sakharov, and hosted Josef Stalin's daughter on the family farm after Svetlana defected to the United States. While running her own consulting company in Russia, she witnessed the breakup of the Soviet Union, and later became director of a women's economic empowerment project in a newly independent Ukraine.

"Daughter of the Cold War" is an informatively compelling tale of all these adventures and so much more. A compelling and evocative memoir that allows readers to follow Grace's amazing path through life, "Daughter of the Cold War" is a whirlwind journey of survival, risk, and self-discovery through a kaleidoscope of many countries, historic events, and fascinating people.

Critique: An inherently fascinating and engaging read from beginning to end, "Daughter of the Cold War" is a unique and prized addition to community library Contemporary Biography collections and academic library Russian/East European collections and supplemental studies reading lists. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers that "Daughter of the Cold War" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $23.70).

Helen Dumont


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Author:Dumont, Helen
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Date:May 1, 2018
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