Over the past few years I have read less and less non-fiction, but on cataloguing my Pans I read the blurb on the back of this book and got hooked. Once I started reading, I became more hooked. The travels in the “forbidden” east of the Soviet Union in 1938, the trial of Nikolai Bukharin (Fitzroy was at the trials) and the analysis of why the accused pleaded guilty, all filled in my knowledge of Stalin’s Russia.
Then his exploits with the SAS which served as a prelude to his adventures in Yugoslavia with Tito. This fascinating account of the birth of a nation and explanation of the tensions that Tito supressed help to explain to some degree the chaos and genocide that followed Tito’s death.
The fact that this is a history lesson delivered through the very well written personal account of a man who became an MP so he could join the Army makes a fascinating read.
Just a couple more to add to my shelves. Both at £2.50.
Rule John The Labouring Classes in Early Industrial England 1750 -1850
… Longman 0 4th 1991 vg+ £2.50
Lancaster Bill Radicalism Cooperation & Socialism Leicester working-class politics 1860 – 1906
Leicester University Press 1st 1987 HB/dj vg+ £2.50
The Guardian, 2007. 1st edition. 18pp. No.9 in a series of 14. Reprinted from Playboy, May 1963, with a foreword by Gary Yonge
£2.50 Post Free in UK
Yes I know it ain’t fashionable any more but it’s still worth a read. Ironic that the randomiser has made the Little Red Book one largest illustrations.
Quotations from Chairman Mao 0r “The Little Red Book” (I do have one of the truly “little” red books in my shop that I have placed on the shelf of bibles trying to make an ironic statement. But this paperback is on offer for £2.00
The Essential Trotsky £2.50
Terry Eagleton – Marxism and Literary Criticism – Can’t tell you anything about this book but I love the cover. £2.50
Emile Burns – Introduction to Marxism £2.50
Great Lives – Karl Marx – By Nigel Hunter 9″X 8″ 32 page book with loads of pictures published in 1987 probably for the infant school library – I wonder how many have a copy. £2.50
WORKERS Of ALL COUNTRIES, UNITE!
Manifesto of the Communist Party £2.50
What it says on the tin but I must mention the two plates, great illustrations of Marx and Engels.
Not a publication one would expect from “Progress”
J.B. Priestly – Postscripts – 1st edition 1940 vg book and vg dj £5.00
Puppetry by Desmond Mac Namara illustrated by Jack Stoddart £5.00
The Book of the Austin Ten second edition 1951 reprint £2.50
An Introduction to Concrete Work by H I Childe £2.50
#1 in the Little Stalin Library – Foundations of Leninism by Joseph Stalin 1941 – £2.50
Puppetry for School and Home £2.50
The Homeland Guide to Paignton and District £2.50