Anatol Rapoport Skating on Thin Ice

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Skating on Thin Ice

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In 1921, when he was 11 years old, Anatol Rapoport attempted to ice skate out of Russia to freedom in Poland. Caught by border guards and turned back, he decided to try again with the help of professional Army smugglers. This bittersweet story of emigration, by the famed psychologist and mathematician known for his work in game theory, is set against the background of the Russian revolution and civil war. Poignant accounts of life in the Ukraine and Crimea, stories of Red and White Army soldiers bivouacking in his home, and a 200-mile train ride that takes 13 days in the comfort of a boxcar make this Canadian/American author's story unforgettable.

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"In an age where vast forest acreage is being destroyed for the publication of pointless auto-biographies by vapid celebrities, it is a pleasure to come across a modest but informative memoir by a person of real accomplishment. Its impact expands in the mind for days after the last page has been turned."

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