"In this tale of intrigue and suppression, Philps, a journalist, investigates what happened when Stalin decided to allow the Anglo-American Press Corps into the U.S.S.R. — on his terms, of course — between 1941 and 1945. Correspondents were installed at the once-luxurious Metropol Hotel, where they were feted, monitored and fed a steady diet of Kremlin propaganda."
– The New York Times Book Review
“In The Red Hotel, Mr. Philps conveys Nadya Ulanovskaya’s story in stirring detail, both her improbable adventures before World War II and the ordeals she experienced in the Gulag. Stalin’s tight control of what could be reported—whether from the Metropol or elsewhere—didn’t fool everyone.”
– The Wall Street Journal
“Philps’s book vindicates the value of truth, most of all by depicting the lengths that a rare few will go to share it. Yet Philps is also clear-eyed enough to show that truth will not always come out — at least, not easily, and not without cost.”
– The Washington Post
“An unsettling account of how a cadre of foreign correspondents in Moscow during World War II were pressed to acquiesce to the Kremlin’s censorship. Philps’s thoughtful narrative puts their work into the appropriate historical context. An authoritative history of the terrible ramifications of the silence about Stalin’s lies.”
– Kirkus Reviews
"The Red Hotel is a compelling and often horrifying tale of moral degradation and occasional heroism superbly told by a seasoned reporter, Alan Philps, who knew Moscow first-hand in the last years of communism. The shiniest stars in Mr Philps’s book are the female fixers who were controlled by the secret police but managed against the odds to retain a modicum of their integrity."
– The Economist
"Alan Philps’s The Red Hotel shines a light on the men and women caught up in Stalin’s propaganda machine and their attempts to tell the truth in a foreign land during a pivotal stage of the war. Philps gives them equal billing and shows the lengths they went to and the risks they took to reveal what life was truly like in Stalin’s Russia."
– The Washington Examiner
"A riveting trip down the corridors of Soviet deception. Philps's book is almost faultlessly balanced between racy narrative and historical analysis."
– Sunday Telegraph
"In a fascinating and surprising narrative, Alan Philps reveals the untold story of the foreign press and its struggle to circumvent the brutal censorship in Stalin’s Russia to bring the true story of the brutality of life and war in the Soviet Union to the world. Through fine research and engaging writing, The Red Hotel unveils an untold tale of life on the Eastern front during one of the most titanic conflicts in human history."
– Laurence Jurdem, author of The Rough Rider and the Professor
"Ostensibly the story of the Allied reporters based during World War II in the Metropol Hotel in Moscow, the real heroes of the book are the female translators who at great personal risk sought to tell the truth about Stalin. A timely reminder of Russia’s ambitions and desire to shape the historical narrative.”
– Andrew Lownie, author of Stalin's Englishman: The Lives of Guy Burgess
"The Red Hotel is a vivid, intimate, and engaging account of foreign journalists confined to Moscow’s Metropole Hotel by Stalin during World War II—and their relations with young women translators sent by the Soviets to spy on and assist them. Philps’s fascinating narrative details the brutal suffering of innocent Russians in Stalin’s Gulag and evokes dark parallels between Stalin and Putin in their obsession with controlling the flow of information at home."
– Susan Wels, author of An Assassin in Utopia
"'The truth was the first casualty’ in Alan Philps’s The Red Hotel, a disturbing expose of Stalin’s ruthless control of the media narrative during WWII. At center stage is the harrowing plight of female translators at the Metropol, forced to perpetuate a Soviet disinformation campaign. A timely and sobering reminder of how the absence of a free press can forever change the course of history.”
– Lisa Brahin, author of Tears Over Russia: A Search for Family and the Legacy of Ukraine’s Pogroms
"The best histories set in Russia during World War II call to our sensual appreciation of tangible tastes and sensations—lavish wealth with a dark river running through it; passionate courage on the part of the subjugated and impoverished. Alan Philps, veteran Moscow correspondent, skillfully delivers this chilling tale cloaked in a mood steeped in velvet luxury and fitted with a poison lining.”
– Carole Adrienne, author of Healing a Divided Nation