183 pp, + photographs at rear, 16 mo (6 3/4" H). B&w photographs. "The virgin lands development is part of my life. It all began on a frosty Moscow day at the end of January 1954, when I was summoned to the Central Committee of the CPSU. The problem was familiar to me already and this was not the first time I had heard about the virgin lands; the new thing was that I would be entrusted with their development on a mass scale. The project was to be launched in Kazakhstan in the coming spring and the schedule was tight." Leonid Brezhnev looks back at the plan to boost grain production in the U.S.S.R. by opening up virgin and abandoned lands. Very minor edge wear to boards. Dust jacket has fading to spine color and very minor edge wear.