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What do authors Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and M.G. Crisci have in common?

They are all best-selling historical fiction authors at Imagine a beautiful Russian teenager becomes the most successful fighter pilot in the history of the world but due to the circumstances of war, is lost in time for almost 60 years? Imagine a Russian museum curator and a Ukrainian English teacher to spend 40... Learn More

DATE: Nov.26.2013 | CATEGORY: My Books

Best-selling author. Entertaining speaker. Thought-provoking cultural journey.

M.G. Crisci to discuss how and why he has written two books designed to build a deeper understanding between ordinary Russians and Americans. American Embassy, Wednesday, October 23rd. American Center for Democracy, October 24th. M.G. Crisci is the “atypical” American success story: ∙ A boy from Manhattan, the son of Italian immigrants, becomes... Learn More

DATE: Oct.18.2013 | CATEGORY: My Books, My Life

Another hit with the SF Book Review! This Little Piggy gets 4.5 out of 5 stars!

My newly-release This Little Piggy gets rave a rave review from the San Francisco Book Review: "This Little Piggy offers an intimate portrayal of a good man’s unraveling. As Victor slowly changes from upstanding to abhorrent, it is impossible to look away. Some of the scenes, such as Victor lying to Sandra or... Learn More

DATE: Sep.25.2013 | CATEGORY: My Books

Has the World Gone Mad? Amelia Earhart vs. Lilia Litvyak

Critically-acclaimed author labels Amelia Earhart, a playful media creation. Unknown Russian teenage fighter pilot, Lilia Litvyak, the “real deal.” Amelia Earhart: A beautiful young American girl attends finishing school in Philadelphia in 1915, and falls in love with flying at the age of 20. She meets a wealthy book publisher and publicist, George... Learn More

I’ve joined the Board of Directors for the Russian Cultural Center in Memphis!

The Russian Cultural Center, Memphis, opened this past Spring on South Main Street with a specific mandate from their headquarters in Washington D.C.: bring a non-biased awareness of everyday Russian life and culture to Americans living in the eight-state southeastern corridor. To help bring that mission to life, I've been added to... Learn More

Wow! SF Book Review gives 7 Days in Russia 5 out of 5 stars!

My new dual-language coffee table book, "7 Days in Russia", was just awarded 5 out of 5 stars by the San Francisco Book Review. At 11x13 inches, with 200 pages and over 157+ photos, it's a great way to experience Russia through my eyes...for better and for worse! SF Book Review wrote: "If you... Learn More

“Down Under”, Russian Style.

Many experienced travelers are aware Moscow metros are deeply patriotic, artistically beautiful and quite extensive. But since only one tenth of one percent of all Americans have ever traveled to Moscow, they are unaware of their cleanliness, efficiency, reliability and station depth. Station Depth you say, what is that? Stalin was among many... Learn More

DATE: Jul.16.2013 | CATEGORY: On Russia & Ukraine

The Moscow going home “guarantee.”

Russians have endured much over the centuries—weather extremes, ruthless dictators, pointless invasions, civil revolutions, and such. As a consequence, they have become ingeniously self-reliant and confident they can weather any storm (figuratively). By contrast, a wimp like myself, is intimidated traveling around a country like Russia. The Cyrillic language is like Greek hieroglyphics... Learn More

DATE: Jul.09.2013 | CATEGORY: On Russia & Ukraine


30 years ago

  On October 7, 1982, I walked into Ed Ney’s office, and told him I quit after 15 fabulous years at Y&R. He asked me why. I told him I wanted to get rich quick. It was the 80’s and every Tom, Dick and Harry was launching an IPO. I had met this Wall... Learn More

DATE: Jun.20.2013 | CATEGORY: My Life


100,000 books, Brighton Beach, Nika, Sergei, Tatania’s Borsch, 1,000,000 Russians and Me

Thanks to the amazing life of Russian teenage fighter ace, Lilia Litvyak, I’ve been invited to speak in a lot of interesting places from the United Nations to the Russian Cultural Centre and Ukrainian Embassy in Washington D.C. to the Aviara Book Club in Southern California. So it’s only logical, we should launch... Learn More

DATE: Jun.14.2013 | CATEGORY: On Russia & Ukraine