Russia from the American Embassy

David R. Francis, Edited and annotated by Vladimir V. Noskov
xxxvii + 308

David R. Francis held the post of the United States ambassador to Russia from April 1916 to November 1918, and represented his country before four Russian governments: the Imperial, Provisional, Soviet, and Northern. He was an eyewitness of the greatest events in the history of Russia: World War I, the February Revolution, the downfall of the empire, the October Revolution, and the Civil War. During the two and half years of his residence in Russia, Francis met prominent figures such as Nicholas II, the last Russian emperor, and Vladimir I. Lenin, the first Soviet leader. Francis’s diplomatic experience was unique and had no parallel in the history of Russian-American relations—which is why his memoirs are of special interest for historians and the general public alike.