A Socialist Defector

A Socialist Defector ❮Download❯ ➵ A Socialist Defector Author Victor Grossman – Heartforum.co.uk The circumstances that impelled Victor Grossman, a U.S Army draftee stationed in Europe, to flee a military prison sentence were the icy pressures of the McCarthy Era Grossman a.k.a Steve Wechsler, a The circumstances that impelled Victor Grossman, a US Army draftee stationed in Europe, to flee a military prison sentence were the icy pressures of the McCarthy Era Grossman aka Steve Wechsler, a committed leftist since his years at A Socialist PDF/EPUB or Harvard and, briefly, as a factory worker left his barracks in Bavaria one August day in , and, in a panic, swam across the Danube River from the Austrian US Zone to the Soviet Zone Fate ie the Soviets landed him in East Germany, officially the German Democratic Republic There he remained, observer and participant, husband and father, as he watched the rise and successes, the travails, and the eventual demise of the GDR socialist experiment A Socialist Defector is the story, told in rare, personal detail, of an activist and writer who grew up in the US free market economy spent thirty eight years in the GDR s nationally owned, centrally administered economy and continues to survive, given whatever the market can bear in today s united Germany Having been a freelance journalist and traveling lecturer and the only person in the world to hold diplomas from both Harvard and the Karl Marx University Grossman is able to offer insightful, often ironic, reflections and reminiscences, comparing the good and bad sides of life in all three of the societies he has known His account focuses especially on the socialism he saw and lived the GDR s goals and achievements, its repressive measures and stupidities which, he argues, offers lessons now in our search for solutions to the grave problems facing our world This is a fascinating and unique historical narrative political analysis told with jokes, personal anecdotes, and without bombast.

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    A Socialist Defector MOBI Á A Socialist PDF/EPUB or Defector is the story, told in rare, personal detail, of an activist and writer who grew up in the US free market economy spent thirty eight years in the GDR s nationally owned, centrally administered economy and continues to survive, given whatever the market can bear in today s united Germany Having been a freelance journalist and traveling lecturer and the only person in the world to hold diplomas from both Harvard and the Karl Marx University Grossman is able to offer insightful, often ironic, reflections and reminiscences, comparing the good and bad sides of life in all three of the societies he has known His account focuses especially on the socialism he saw and lived the GDR s goals and achievements, its repressive measures and stupidities which, he argues, offers lessons now in our search for solutions to the grave problems facing our world This is a fascinating and unique historical narrative political analysis told with jokes, personal anecdotes, and without bombast."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • A Socialist Defector
  • Victor Grossman
  • 08 February 2017
  • 9781583677391

13 thoughts on “A Socialist Defector

  1. Nacho says:

    Loved every single page Having read Crossing the River A Memoir of the American Left, the Cold War and Life in East Germany , I knew I d love Victor s style, and I couldn t wait for of his reflections on the GDR, the US and the socialist experiences of the 20th century.He is honest and fair, does not sugarcoat anything but neither falls prey to cynical condemnations He makes an excellent job presenting the story of the GDR in a very structured way, with small chapters for different sections from the Stasi to the price of consumer goods, while also delving on the cultural life, the Wall and work in the factories and public enterprises which manage to both paint a humane picture of the GDR and draw useful comparisons with Western countries The book mixes his personal experiences and reflections with historical accounts, but is not an autobiography, so it is an excellent complementary read to his Crossing the River.I did like his condemnation of imperialism, and how he draws the link between the luxuries we enjoy in the imperialist core and exploitation of billions of people in the Third World, and all the historical context he adds to put things in perspective in the Eastern Bloc it is hard to see the GDR as a country run by a group of evil careerists trying to stay in power by any means necessary after reading his account of events.It s a great book by a great man, and will be my go to recommendation for people interested in learning about life in East Germany.

  2. Carlos Martinez says:

    A gripping and endearing account of the extraordinary life of Victor Grossman, the US soldier who in the early 1950s defected to the German Democratic Republic Marrying a German woman, studying and working, raising children and grandchildren, he lived in East Germany until its 1990 absorption into the Federal German Republic, and indeed still lives in Germany today As such, he s uniquely well placed to discuss the experience of German socialism, including both its sometimes astonishing successes and its assorted failings, mistakes and excesses.Grossman has a wide understanding of modern history, and he does a good job of contextualising the experience of the GDR The comparisons between life in the GDR and the US are particularly interesting and useful An excellent book.

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