The Moscow Club and Armand Hammer

Joseph Finder's book, The Moscow Club, reissued this past Christmas, is a fascinating 'what if' story. When the novel was first published in February 1991 it was not a historical thriller, but rather chilling prediction of events that would actually occur later that year. The book's fictional Soviet coup d'état became a reality when Mikhail Gorbachev was overthrown about six months later. What readers will find even more intriguing is his main character, who was based on Armand Hammer. American Thinker had the pleasure of interviewing Finder about his book. Finder's past experiences gave him insight into the world of Soviet politics. Finder studied and wrote about Soviet affairs after receiving a master's degree from the Harvard Russian Research Center. His first book was a nonfiction work about Armand Hammer. The Moscow Club was to focus on Hammer, who owned Occidental Petroleum and befriended Vladimir Lenin. The book became a novel because, "After I did some research about...(Read Full Article)