Reactions to The Repatriate: Love, Basketball, and the KGB by Tom Mooradian
In sharing his life behind the Iron Curtain, Tom Mooradian’s book is a must read for today’s generation to fully grasp the terror that cloaked the subjected peoples of the decadent Soviet Union. I’ve known the author since Tom excelled in academics in the classroom and as an All-Star basketball player at Detroit Southwestern High School.
When Tom left for the Soviet Armenian republic in 1947, I was certain Tom’s opinionated comments would eventually earn him a one-way ticket to a Siberian slave labor camp.
But my old classmate survived, thanks to his basketball skills and willingness to teach the game to Soviet athletes. Like his ancestors who survived the Turkish massacres of 1915 and their subsequent enslavement by the Kremlin dictators of the now vanquished Soviet Union, Tom Mooradian’s freedom is a story that needs to be read by those who now question if the Cold War even existed and if a global nuclear conflict was a threat to humankind.
Macomb Daily Managing Editor, Retired
That’s what I said when I put down your manuscript and stepped out-doors on my sun-drenched lawn and realized I was back home, in Hawaii, and not with you in Copenhagen, where we landed from Moscow, or in Moscow itself, which I too left, 50 years ago.
You brought them all back, raw and graphic memories of the Soviet Union we both knew, which now is no more, and is so different from the sunny Hawaii I knows now. What a contrast.
That’s what I meant when I said “fascinating.”
Everybody smiles here. Everybody we saw on the sidewalks of the Soviet Union stared glumly ahead of them, instantly suspicious if they caught you looking at them.
Fear was everywhere. In America fear is nowhere, comparatively. If anything, we’re cocky.
Your story is of a world that’s gone, thank God. You have brought it back to life, for us to look back on, with horror.
Foreign Correspondent, Retired
Modern press about Tom Mooradian:
New life coming for former Detroit High School Mitch Kehetian
The News Herald, May 21, 2015
My Weekend with Author Tom Mooradian Sam A. Stevens
Taking on a World of Words, October 25, 2014
AABA Presents Book and Breakfast Event
Legal News-Macomb October 17, 2012
From James Dean to Stalin: the tragedy of the Armenian repatriation Hazel Antaramian Hofman
Balcanicaucaso.org, August 17, 2012
Tom Mooradian presents lecture at University of California
PanArmenian.net, November 9, 2011
Tom Mooradian on ‘Love, Basketball, and KGB’ in Watertown
Armenian Weekly, March 25, 2011
Mer Doon Winter/Spring 2010
sahagmesrobchurch.org March 12, 2010 (page 14)
Author Mooradian Speaks to Students
Hye Sharzhoom, December, 2009
Audio of Book Talk at MSU Extension Service’s
“Meet the Author” Luncheon on 4.21.2009
Review: The Repatriate: Love, Basketball, and the KGB Barlow Der Mugredchian
Hye Sharzhoom, March 2009 (page 3)
Interview with Ned Apigian of WHFR-FM’s program:
“Then and Now” on 11.29.2008
Author tells tale of love, hoops, and the USSR Pat Murphy
Observer Eccentric, December 7, 2008
The Repatriate Reveals True Life Behind Iron Curtain Betty Apigian Kessel
The Armenian Weekly November 22, 2008
The Repatriat by Tom Mooradian Mitch Kehetian
The Macomb Daily September 22, 2008
How Basketball Saved Tom Mooradian’s Life Mitch Kehetian
The Armenian Reporter September 6, 2008 (page C4)
New Book Recounts an American’s Experience in the Soviet Union
Asbarez August 22, 2008
Tom Mooradian created quite a stir in the press upon his return to the United States in the 1960’s. You can click on the images of the newspaper articles below to get the full story: