Books: Attache's Report

RUSSIAN ASSIGNMENT (568 pp.)—Leslie C. Stevens—Atlantic-Little, Brown ($5.75).

In a bar on Pushkin Square, Rear Admiral Leslie C. Stevens, U.S. naval attache in Moscow, sat over a mug of strong, sweet Russian beer. Before very long he was joined by "a little black-browed man with no collar and a very dirty shirt." His companion turned out to be a typesetter on Pravda, who, after assuring himself that Stevens was not an MVD agent, whispered: "Don't worry about propaganda against your country. We Russians do not believe it. Whenever you read such things, it is a sure sign the Russian people . ....

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