The Press: The Insider

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Andrei Gromyko looked up with a rare, quizzical grin at the burly, bulgy-eyed visitor. "Ah, Mr. Gunther!" he exclaimed. "You must be Inside something!" Foreign Minister Gromyko was right. This week—17 months, 23,000 miles and 550 pages later—the presses are rolling out John Gunther's latest massive contribution to the school of reporting that bears his trademark. Its title: Inside Russia Today (Harper; $5-95).

Reporter Gunther, 56, tucks the world's biggest country under his belt with his sixth Inside job in 22 years of chewing up the globe in continent-sized chunks. Few others...

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