A historical memoir showing what life is really like under socialism, despite the promises of the left which haven't changed in decades 


America's attention will soon be focused on the 2020 election and Americans must now decide what kind of government they want -- one which respects and values them as citizens, or one which relegates them to the status of subjects. 

Recent polling suggests that significant numbers of young 

Americans are leaning toward socialism as an acceptable form of governance. In Russian Wonderland  shines a light on daily life in a society run by a large, all-powerful government, and provides a birds-eye view of the realities of socialism and its natural outgrowth – communism.  


The book is based on six months of  the author's daily interaction with large numbers of Soviet citizens, giving the reader an “up close and personal" view of life in a truly Orwellian society.  As such, this book is a warning from history, providing a highly reader-friendly illustration of British philosopher George Santayana’s prophetic words that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. 

As we view what daily life is still like in Cuba and take note of what Venezuelan voters did to their once-thriving country by opting for socialism, Americans would do well to examine the place where that command and control system was first implemented in the name of “change” and “progress.”  As many Russians used to joke, “It would have been better had the communists first tried out this system on laboratory animals!”


Book Review

"Alarmed by the perverse sympathies toward communism and socialism he's seeing in our new America, in 2017 Charles Cole wrote a memoir of his six surreal months in the USSR, in hopes of not only preserving that history but begging Americans to pay heed to the lessons of the failed communist experiment. He hopes to offer truth as an antidote to 'mind-numbing propaganda,' then and still today."

Paul Kengor, PhD 

Professor of Political Science, Grove City College


"Mr. Cole's insightful and precise account of life in the Soviet Union sheds important light on the realities of a tyrannical regime too often ignored by Western historians.  I strongly recommend this book to anyone contemplating socialism as a replacement for our system. In Russian Wonderland  serves as a grim reminder of what can happen when people ignore the lessons of history."    

 Alex Vorobiov, PhD 

Former Chairperson, Russian Area Studies Program at Oregon State University  and retired Assistant Provost of the Defense Language Institute  


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