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By John Steinbeck, Susan Shillinglaw, Robert Capa

ISBN-10: 1440657505

ISBN-13: 9781440657504

EISBN-13: 978-1-440-65750-4

Steinbeck and Capa's account in their trip via chilly battle Russia is a vintage piece of reportage and trip writing.

Just after the Iron Curtain fell on jap Europe, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer John Steinbeck and acclaimed warfare photographer Robert Capa ventured into the Soviet Union to record for the New York bring in Tribune. This infrequent chance took the well-known tourists not just to Moscow and Stalingrad – now Volgograd – yet during the geographical region of the Ukraine and the Caucasus. Hailed by means of the recent York occasions as "superb" while it first seemed in 1948, A Russian Journal is the distillation in their trip and continues to be a awesome memoir and exact historic document.

What they observed and movingly recorded in phrases and on movie was once what Steinbeck known as "the nice different aspect there ... the personal lifetime of the Russian people." in contrast to different Western reporting approximately Russia on the time, A Russian Journal is freed from ideological obsessions. relatively, Steinbeck and Capa recorded the awful realities of manufacturing facility employees, executive clerks, and peasants, as they emerged from the rubble of worldwide conflict II—represented right here in Capa's stirring photos along Steinbeck's masterful prose. via all of it, we're given intimate glimpses of 2 artists on the top in their powers, answering their have to rfile human fight. This variation positive aspects an advent via Steinbeck student Susan Shillinglaw.

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Stalin's main point was that by keeping silent, Trotsky was giving de facto legitimacy to slanderous accusations.  A comparison of Trotsky's letter and Stalin's memorandum shows that Trotsky stuck fairly close to the points Stalin suggested.  Trotsky's silence on this central point stands out clearly when his letter is contrasted with Krupskaia's letter, since Krupskaia does deal directly with this issue.  Later, Stalin opines that Trotsky "saved himself" by his compliance (letter 9).  If Trotsky was discredited, it was because he or his friends allowed the publication of an inflammatory broadside.

In spite of the success of his memorandum, Stalin does not yet seem 21. Souvarine, Stalin, 414. 22. " in Trudnye voprosy istorii (Moscow, 1991); Dmitrii Volkogonov, Triumph and Tragedy (London, 1991).  A different impression is given in the following year, after Zinoviev and Kamenev went into opposition.  From the evidence of the letters, however, the leaders of the party majority treated his opposition with greater seriousness than they did the attacks by Trotsky, who was more renowned but also more marginalized.

In spite of the success of his memorandum, Stalin does not yet seem 21. Souvarine, Stalin, 414. 22. " in Trudnye voprosy istorii (Moscow, 1991); Dmitrii Volkogonov, Triumph and Tragedy (London, 1991).  A different impression is given in the following year, after Zinoviev and Kamenev went into opposition.  From the evidence of the letters, however, the leaders of the party majority treated his opposition with greater seriousness than they did the attacks by Trotsky, who was more renowned but also more marginalized.

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