Charles R. Crane acquired his appreciation for Russian culture and life through travel in the country, making a total of twenty-four trips to Russia. Crane developed friendships and professional relationships with many prominent Russians in political, cultural, and artistic spheres. He spent a considerable amount of his own time and resources in his attempts to educate Americans about the Russian people. By studying this unusual man, Norman E. Saul explores the world in which he lived and traveled. The relationship between America and Russia has always been a complex and fascinating one, and Saul shines light on a pivotal period in that relationship.