Behind the Urals: An American Worker in Russia's City of Steel
"Students reading Scott have come away with a real appreciation of the hardships under which these workers built Magnitogorsk and of the nearly incredible enthusiasm with which many of them worked." â€”Ronald Grigor Suny
"A genuine grassroots account of Soviet lifeâ€”a type of book of which there have been far too few." â€”William Henry Chamberlin, New York Times, 1943
Scott goes between depictions of daily life and descriptions of industrial conditions and materials. His accounts of daily life are the most interesting, but the information ...more
This was one of the more enjoyable non-fiction books I've read (though I don't read many). It followed John Scott as he lived and learned in the Soviet Union during the 1930s. It was definitely revealing, giving an insider perspective from an outsider, and Scott created a nice balance between personal narrative and history. It was quite informative and easy to read, all in all, a pleasant experience.
John Scott is a Canadian professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League. Scott previously played for the Minnesota Wild, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, San Jose Sharks, Buffalo Sabres, Arizona Coyotes, and Montreal Canadiens of the NHL. Scott was born in Edmonton, Alberta, but grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario. He graduated from Michigan Technological University with a mechan ...more