The Ransom of Russian Art
By John McPhee
Farrar Straus Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374246822, 181pp.
Publication Date: December 1994
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In the 1960's and 1970's, American professor Norton Dodge forayed on his own in the Soviet Union, bought the work of underground "unofficial" artists, and brought it out himself or arranged to have it shipped illegally to the United States. John McPhee investigates Dodge's clandestine activities in the service of dissident Soviet art, his motives for his work, and the fates of several of the artists whose lives he touched. "The Ransom of Russian Art" is a suspenseful, chilling, and fascinating report on a covert operation like no other.