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Donn G. Ziebell, Ph.D.’s Memoir About His Time in Russia Intrigues Readers at LibLearnX 2023

The author catches readers’ attention with his entertaining book that details the challenges of his trip to Russia and the lessons he learned.

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Readers were enthralled by Donn G. Ziebell’s book display at the LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience 2023.

The self-publishing and book marketing company ReadersMagnet gracefully exhibited the riveting memoir Gorky, Russia; First man in: Memoirs from being the first American allowed inside Russia’s closed exile city by Donn G. Ziebell, Ph.D. at the 2023 LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience. The book event occurred on January 27–30, 2023, at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA.

Gorky, Russia: First man In chronicles the author’s time spent in Gorky, a Russian city that serves as an exile city for political inmates but is off-limits to everyone else. Ziebell, who had spent the previous 30 years working in corporate America before making a surprising career change, was given the task of writing a business proposal to test his new company’s potential in Russia by his superior. Several employees couldn’t enter Russia because their names were on the KGB’s blacklist.

The author finally got an answer after waiting for nine months. Moscow’s Ministry of Education and the KGB approved one of the three Russians who were presented with the proposal.

This memoir is chock-full of entertaining stories about meeting individuals who had never seen an American before. Despite these changes, it wasn’t until the following year that international visitors were allowed to visit Gorky. The book keeps the reader engaged as it contains detailed stories of the many bizarre incidents that the author experienced during his stay in Russia.

Get a copy of Donn G. Ziebell’s Gorky, Russia; First man in: Memoirs from being the first American allowed inside Russia’s closed exile city on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Title | Gorky, Russia; First man in: Memoirs from being the first American allowed inside Russia’s closed exile city
Author | Donn G. Ziebell
Genre | Biographies & Memoirs
Publisher | Ziebell Associates, Incorporated
Published date | March 10, 2017


Donn Ziebell’s pursuit of doctoral studies with The Union Institute University, Cincinnati, Ohio, intersected simultaneously with receiving approvals from Moscow’s Russian Ministry of Education and the KGB to present business seminars in Russia. Delivering his first in a series of lectures in August 1990, the seminar program proceeded with his sending several U.S. instructors with specific disciplines into Russia to lecture on their business areas of expertise.

Their trip reports provided original research for writing a cross-cultural experiential doctoral dissertation to receive his Ph.D. degree. Previously, his B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Missouri, Rolla, and an MBA degree with distinction from the University of New Haven, West Haven, Connecticut, expedited his earlier career in manufacturing and consulting roles within Fortune 500 corporations for thirty years, including five years in his own manufacturing consulting firm, Ziebell Associates, Inc.

His boyhood Midwest family’s values included art, letter-writing, camping vacations, and storytelling. He started oil painting during college semester breaks. His paintings create visual stories further expanded by their titles and can be viewed on Years later, he wrote a series of short stories about a fictional character that attracted a following within a community of people. They affirmed his writing as greatly entertaining, and they eagerly anticipated reading the next story in the series.

This response gave affirmation to his enjoyment of writing. Donn G. Ziebell, Ph.D., has authored three non-fiction published books of memoirs. “My Letters to a Prisoner—I had not met” is a collection of 117 letters written to a prisoner about a wide range of personal experiences. “Conceal Carry; Pause” provides his insider findings about training as he learns about being an armed citizen for self-defense.

It is a great introductory book about obtaining a license to carry a concealed gun in public. His third memoir, “Gorky, Russia; First man in,” briefly covers his corporate employment that led to an improbable career change to an organization focused on Russia.

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