Soon after the fall of the Soviet Union, I traveled several times to Russia and spoke with many people. Having grown up being taught to hate them, I was interested to learn what they had been taught. I learned that Soviet television portrayed the United States as a country with deep problems, showing footage of civil rights marches, riots in the cities, political demonstrations, and homeless people. It was not a pretty sight, but all was actual footage of events as they happened. There was no need for propaganda, because the free press delivered everything needed to portray capitalism as something undesirable.
These days, life in the United States has become even less appealing. That said, one gets a true picture of the country only on foreign news channels. It is interesting to see that what is shown a rather true portrayal of life in a country that is not what it purports to be. Again, it is necessary to show only actual footage of real life.
Communism may have fallen by the wayside, but capitalism has become even uglier than its former enemies ever tried to prove.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.