When I was a Boy in Russia - Vladimir de Bogory
This book tells the fascinating story of how a young nobleman of great promise, growing up in 19th century Russia, became attracted to the revolutionary ideas popular among the upper classes of Old Russia. He tells of his involvement in early revolutionary movements, and of his disillusionment, arrest, imprisonment and escape to the west. This book was written shortly before the communist takeover, so give a wonderful portrayal of pre-revolutionary Russia. It is written at a very easy-to-read level, but very absorbing for older students as well.
VLADIMIR DE BOGORY MOKRIEVITCH.
Through the kind offices of the author's talented daughter, Natalie De Bogory, of New York, we are able to acquaint American children with child-life in Russia, and at the same time show the spirit of this mighty empire by means of the story of Vladimir De Bogory Mokrievitch as told by himself.
The life of this noted man, who gave up the privileges of noble birth in order to serve his fellow men, is well calculated to stir to enthusiasm the admiration of American youth.
The author's life in America, as well as his broad interest in freedom everywhere, renders him particularly well fitted to tell us of the tyranny of Russian schools in the middle of the last century, the freeing of the serfs, the uprising for liberty among the university students, and finally of Siberia, in order that we may see how other nations than ours have struggled up the bitter path to liberty.