Russian People: Revolutionary Recollections

Princess Julia Cantacuzène Countess Spéransky née Grant
Edited by Norman E. Saul
xxii + 170

Born in the White House in 1876, Julia Grant, granddaughter of President Ulysses S. Grant, had a life of adventure that included her marriage into the Cantacuzène family in 1900, and a move to Russia.  Her book gives the reader a firsthand account of Russia during World War I and recounts her travels across the empire, where she saw the horrors of war, revolution, and civil war only to escape to Finland to avoid the danger that many Russian nobles faced. Throughout her work, she expressed admiration for the cultures of Russian and non-Russian peoples of the empire.