Written by representatives of seventeen countries, these stories give us hope that we too can change, and that our change is the prelude to changing the world. I firmly believe that family is the cornerstone of society. From the pages of this book, parents tell us how they deal with small problems that may arise in the future when dealing with children. Parents of adolescents tell how they retained their sanity during the most difficult years, how they helped their children cope with drugs or depression and set a living goal.
He describes life at home with a man usually remembered as a prolific murderer and insatiable womaniser: ‘He liked history and loved books. He had a very good library. All of us were educated people.’ A rocket scientist by training, Sergo remembers the family mansion on Vspolny Lane, where they lived after moving from Tbilisi to Moscow in 1938, as a sanctuary of civilised conversation. Vistors, he said, included the Cambridge spy, Kim Philby, the American nuclear scientist, Robert Oppenheimer, and Golda Meir, Israel’s ambassador to Moscow. A frequent caller was Stalin’s daugher, Svetlana, whom he remembers fondly as a lost little girl but whom he also criticises for turning against her father, whom Sergo never refers to as Stalin but always by the more cosily respectful Josef Vissarionovich.