Behind the Urals: An American Worker in Russia's City of by John Scott

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By John Scott

"Students examining Scott have come away with a true appreciation of the hardships below which those employees outfitted Magnitogorsk and of the approximately excellent enthusiasm with which a lot of them worked." --Ronald Grigor Suny

"A actual grassroots account of Soviet life--a kind of booklet of which there were some distance too few." --William Henry Chamberlin, big apple instances, 1943

..". a wealthy portrait of everyday life lower than Stalin." --New York instances ebook Review

General readers, scholars, and experts alike will locate a lot of relevance for knowing present day Soviet Union during this re-creation of John Scott's brilliant exploration of everyday life within the formative days of Stalinism.

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The country is waiting for our iron and steel. Here we have assembled all the materials and equipment for two new blast furnaces. They must be erected and blown in at the earliest possible date, and yet if I were to believe you I would be forced to think that the whole job must be held up for lack of a few rivets. You, Tishenko, you have thirty years of industrial experience, and you sit there and do nothing. Haven't you got ingenuity enough to think up some way to keep the job going, some way to surmount these obstacles?

But now, what the hell! Even if I were really well-educated, they wouldn't let me do any other work but this. What's the use of me studying? Anyhow, they won't even let me in to any but an elementary school. ' Shabkov touched his throat with his index finger, to any Russian a symbol of getting drunk. We arrived at No. 3. Shabkov swung onto a ladder and disappeared up into the steel. Popov looked after him with wrinkled forehead. Shabkov was one of the best brigadiers in the whole outfit. He spared neither himself nor those under him, and he used his head.

The long bare wooden tables were surrounded by workers, and behind almost every seated client somebody was waiting. There was much noise and confusion. Young waitresses ran around the room carrying large wooden trays with plates of soup and large chunks of bread on them. It was cold in the dining-room; one could see one's breath before one's face; but it was so much warmer than outside that everybody unbuttoned his sheepskin and rolled his hat up from around his ears. At the doorway a burly Tartar examined the cards of those who entered and gave a wooden spoon to each.

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