Although we routinely hear about Russia, few Americans know much about it. Author Charles Cole travels back in time and provides a bird’s eye view of daily life in the Soviet Union – the society that produced today’s Russian leaders and made indelible imprints on Russia’s history and culture.
In Russian Wonderland shines a light on life in a society run by a large, omnipotent government. Some advocate such a system here in America. Perhaps we should pause and carefully examine what such a society looks like in reality, as well as analyze Russia’s current policies and actions in light of their Soviet roots.
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An honor graduate of the Defense Language Institute’s Russian course, Charles Cole also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Russian. He has been actively engaged in the study and professional application of the Russian language for over 50 years. His current work, In Russian Wonderland, highlights Cole’s observation of daily life in the USSR from his 6-month tour of duty as a Russian-speaking “guide” on a United States Information Agency (USIA) exhibit traveling within the Soviet Union (“Research and Development in the USA.”)
Cole’s experience includes a two-year tour of military duty at a U.S. Army Security Agency border listening post in Germany monitoring Soviet military radio communications, six years as a Warrant Officer in a U.S. Army Reserve Psychological Operations (PSYOP) battalion writing leaflets and broadcast materials targeted at Soviet forces in East Germany, and thirty years of teaching and managing Russian language programs to U.S. military personnel.