Series of commentaries which Duranty used in his book I WRITE AS I PLEASE, 1935. His first observations, from ca. 1919, were made while in Riga where he was on assignment from the New York Times. Topics and people include Bolshevism; the American anti-Red scare; Red Cross involvement in the Baltics; the rise of Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin; Isadora Duncan; William Bolitho; American relief administration; Maxim Litvinov; and Erich Ludendorff.
A lengthy section describes how Duranty lost a leg in a train accident in Paris and then his personal reflections on Russia.