This book by Walter Duranty has certainly created a life of its own with my blogging about some of his more “radical” statements that are out there for the whole world to see (except for those six pages that the scanner didn’t scan and make available on the Web) Finding those pages might yield a sequel of this series of posts once I get my hands on a real copy of this 1935 book with the above title. Difficult to do right now as I live and teach in Astana, Kazakhstan. Libraries brimming with books in English, especially OLD books, are a next to rare sight in this part of the world.
Yes, page 333 is missing and it is getting to the juiciest parts where Duranty really does write the way he wants, no holds barred.
Missing page 333???
p. 334 Lenin thought his body would be burned instead it was embalmed and placed in a 1 million dollar mausoleum [WD leaves out the fact that Stalin had created this hero worship. Stalin knew that the Russian people needed someone or something to worship besides God, might as well be a dead man. I saw Lenin's waxened body when I toured Moscow in the summer of 1976]
Steamer Chelyuskin was caught in the Arctic ice just north of Behring straits
p. 336 – Soviet stratosphere flight
p. 337 – fighting plane across Front in 1918 taking greater risks than Lindbergh, Miss Earheart, Admiral Byrd or Amy Johnson. [WD doesn’t understand the competition of trans-Atlantic or trans-Pacific flights, apparently Stalin had gotten involved in the competition by supporting the best pilots experimenting with faster planes]
great airplane Maxim Gorky crashed in spring of 1935
“Rodina” – birthplace or homeland – of USSR, used to be called “Socialist Fatherland”
p. 339 the thing that distinguishs a real working Socialist system from a pseudo-Socialist system is the abolition of the power of money and the profit motive and of the possibility for any individual or group of individuals to gain surplus value from the work of others.
David Lawrence in July 20, 1935 Sat. Evening Post
p. 340 – not a question of “I do on what I get but of what we do and what we get – definite of the difference between Socialism and individualism
WD asked “Am I wrong in believing that Stalin is the greatest living statesman and that Litvinov is the ablest foreign minister?” [K.N. answer to W.D. "YES!"]
W.D. relates a Russian folklore of Koshchei Bea smetny Koshchei the Deathless revived smiling after decapitation, life was found in the duck’s egg, but Hero crushed egg and giant died. Where is life found for the young Soviet nation? Worth as a diamond “Not mine for me but ours for us.” [K.N. what I want to know is did W.D. share the profits of this book with other people or did he have a little nestegg to retire with on his own?]
Deathless life of USSR.