copyright 1959; Houghton Mifflin Company publishers, Boston; hardbound; very good condition with unmarked pages; dust jacket good with minor surface soiling (see pic);
Kirkus Review -
A Peer of the Realm, whose Living Like A Lord (1956) revealed not only an irrespressible inability to forego any kind of a challenge but also a determination to make his Irish home and farm a paying affair, is sparked off by the offer to squire Jayne Mansfield through her London trip (X pounds equals X cows) to keep moving -- to France where he latches on to an idea for covering the Anniversary of the Revolution in Moscow for the same paper. So off -- with little of the red tape (well, it had to be Red but there wasn't too much of it) on a junket that collects celebrating Comrades from all over the world, a Russian jet, spot pictures of Khrushchev and Bulganin, marching in the ceremonial parade in Red Square. This is just a starter for his tours, with interpreters, his battles with communications to get his stories through, his progress on to other means of Moving In where he is not invited (more Krushchev and an interview), the horse races, university, the ballet, on to Leningrad and Helsinki -- and home. A postscript returns him -- a year later -- to try to see Pasternak -- and he does. Dizzying, at points dazzling, this lightfoots, but never stupidly, through moot points (sputnik and its dog, big name Russians and the People who support them, and international feeling) and briefs the reader effortlessly and painlessly on an unblushing assault in Reddest Russia. His former readers will be pleased with Lord Kilbracken's latest; newcomers will be sure to gape. Cheers!