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Straight from my mind to your screen—here’s a collection of my thoughts, from the heartfelt to the odd, and everything in between.



It’s a Mad Mad Mad World! Thank you, Wells Fargo.

SUPPOSE I told you I was an “acknowledged” VIP Wells Fargo customer? SUPPOSE I told you I just closed a small Wells Fargo savings account to eliminate a monthly service charge that made no sense given the above? SUPPOSE I told you Wells Fargo made an egregious mathematical error and decided to refund me... Learn More

DATE: Nov.22.2016 | CATEGORY: My Life | COMMENTS:

The San Francisco Book Review calls my latest book, “A classic American crime story spun by a Master Storyteller”

How could an unassuming man with thick horn-rimmed glasses and rumpled suits outwit the Commodities Market and the New York Stock Exchange? How could a high school dropout orchestrate a $10 billion scandal — then disappear into thin air? My new book, The Salad Oil King. An American Tale of Greed Gone Mad.,... Learn More

DATE: Oct.07.2016 | CATEGORY: My Books | COMMENTS:

Russia AND America! Time for both of us to grow up?

Quite simply, I am a proud American with no Russian ancestry. I am both a product of the Cold War, and one, who in later life, has traveled to the land of the Midnight Sun on numerous occasions, and written two books about Russia, its culture, its way of life, and its... Learn More

DATE: Dec.03.2015 | CATEGORY: On Russia & Ukraine | COMMENTS:

What Putin “Really Said” on CBS 60 Minutes

I’m an intellectually curious businessman turned author, who like most native born Americans, carries a ton of Cold War baggage, which has been shaped by the media, by politicians, by Hollywood and our television shows. Did you know almost 35% of tinsel town’s best selling movies of all time feature a... Learn More

DATE: Dec.03.2015 | CATEGORY: On Russia & Ukraine | COMMENTS:

Mary Jackson Peale gets glowing review from award-winning Russian director and writer

"I was really impressed by M.G. Crisci’s novel "Rise and fall of Mary Jackson Peale". It’s extremely entertaining and useful at the same time. M.G.Crisci found the perfect combination of intriguing documentary facts and his own fictional imagination. It’s pretty rare when the writer can delicately combine these two elements in a... Learn More

DATE: Sep.17.2015 | CATEGORY: My Books, My Life | COMMENTS:

The President who “got” Russia.

President Nixon in the Green Room of the Grand Kremlin Palace readies to speak on Russian National TV By M.G. Crisci and Richard M. Nixon On May 28, 1972, Richard M. Nixon became the only President of the United States to directly address the citizens of the Soviet Union on Russian national... Learn More

DATE: Aug.11.2015 | CATEGORY: On Russia & Ukraine | COMMENTS:

East Ukraine, the people’s point of view.
New York Times, Washington Post, et al media, please take note!

EAST UKRAINE, MAY 20 In case you missed it…the 2014 reporters without borders study on truth in media ranked our United States a disappointing #46, and declining. Put another way, that means 45 countries do a better job of reporting the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Why? Probably lots... Learn More

DATE: May.22.2015 | CATEGORY: On Russia & Ukraine | COMMENTS:

World Take Note! East Ukraine maintains dignity despite worst of times

Downtown Donetsk, Victory Day, May 9, 2015 Donetsk International Airport, December, 2014 Donetsk Int’l Airport, September 2010 Regardless of which side you are on in the matter of Ukrainian Sovereignty, the human spirit is a hard thing to suppress over the long-term. Add to that two other unmistakable truths: 1.) Violence always... Learn More

DATE: May.12.2015 | CATEGORY: On Russia & Ukraine | COMMENTS:

Noble Deeds Stand the Test of Time! Ukrainian Kids Honor Lidia Litvyak on Victory Day

Six years ago in San Diego, California, I met Lidia Litvyak (1921-1943) for the first time. Lidia, a feisty, diminutive, blonde teenager was the world’s first female fighter pilot -- and to this day, the most successful ever in terms of missions and solo kills. Not surprisingly, she became Hitler’s worst... Learn More

DATE: May.12.2015 | CATEGORY: On Russia & Ukraine | COMMENTS:

We Should Be Ashamed: Those With The Least Still Remember What’s Important

Determined East Ukrainians with no pensions, no banks, and few medicines remember what is important. Eastern Ukraine, May 9, 2015 In many cities of Russia, in Donetsk and Lugansk too, after the Victory Day military parade there was another parade of people with portraits of their relatives who perished during the Great Patriotic War.... Learn More

DATE: May.12.2015 | CATEGORY: On Russia & Ukraine | COMMENTS:


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