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Stepping Down from the Stars: A Soviet Defector's Story
Stepping Down from the Stars A Soviet Defector's Story
Author: Elena Alexandra Costa
ISBN-13: 9780399131950
ISBN-10: 0399131957
Publication Date: 10/17/1986
Pages: 287
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Publisher: Putnam Adult
Book Type: Hardcover
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In August 1978 the wife of a first secretary at the Soviet embassy defected to the United States with her two young children, seeking opportunity for them all to control their own lives. For seven years she lived under the assumed name of Alexandra Costa until the publicized return of defector Vitaly Yurchenko prompted her to talk about the way defectors are treated by the CIA. She writes candidly about the reasons for her defection, her previous life in the Soviet Union and at the embassy, and her struggles as a single parent attending an American business school and then starting her own business. Only a strong and determined person could have survived the uncertainties and pitfalls she faced. The book is the last step along Costa's road to the freedom she sought, the freedom to talk about her past honestly.