Sheila Fitzpatrick is a distinguished service professor in modern Russian history at the University of Chicago and a visiting professor at the University of Sydney. She is the author of Against the Grain: Brian Fitzpatrick and Manning Clark in Australian History and Politics, Political Tourists: Travelers from Australia to the Soviet Union in the 1920s-1940s, and Tear Off the Masks! Identity and Imposture in Twentieth-Century Russia. She lives in Chicago.
"A gem of a memoir. Its intelligence and candor shed brilliant light on a country and a climate of opinion." --Don Watson, author, "American Journeys" "Memoirs have long been the vehicle of choice for reputation demolition, but rarely has the wrecking ball swung with such a blend of honesty and adoration than in Fitzpatrick's work." --"Sydney Morning Herald" "An interesting retrospective on the events, relationships and emotions of childhood and simply an engaging story." --"Australian Bookseller & Publisher" "This thoughtful and thought provoking memoir about the author's fraught relationship with her radical father is a whispered contemplation of an unusual childhood." --"Courier Mail" "One of the most unsparing, intelligent and engaging autobiographical voices I have encountered . . . A pleasure to read." --"Bendigo Advertiser"