photo-27Freelance journalist and Stateless Media founder Peter Savodnik opened his up his sleek, spartan Columbia Heights apartment to a number of journalists this weekend to celebrate the release of his new book, The Interloper: Lee Harvey Oswald Inside the Soviet Union (Basic Books). The book hits the shelves Tuesday.

The party, sponsored by Top of the Hill Distillery in Chapel Hill, N.C. and Heritage Distilling Co. in Gig Harbor, Wash., grew more spirited as bottles and bottles of Topo and Heritage Vodka disappeared.

Freelancer James Kirchick, now back in Washington from Berlin, attended the festivities and promptly dropped his glass of vodka on the floor setting off a splash that reached all of my toes. He won’t soon hear the end of this.

A description of the book from the publicity department of Basic Books: “In this book Savodnik brings to light one of the most important, and perhaps the last-to-be-explored, dimensions of the Kennedy assassination— Lee Harvey Oswald himself. In order to do so Savodnik drew on new research and conducted in-depth and exclusive interviews with Oswald’s Russian associates, such as his ex-girlfriend, friends, and co-workers. Focusing on the almost three years he spent in Russia, Savodnik shows how Oswald’s original plan to abandon materialistic America for the promise of a country supposedly based on collectivism and camaraderie fell so short of his expectations and ultimately led to his return to home—and to Dallas.”

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