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Building Utopia by Richard Cartwright Austin
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Apr 14, 2009

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I hoped to read more about the planning and construction of the city; but instead it was largely an analysis of letters from a project manager to his parents back home.

The project manager was a the son of the company owner who had the contract to build the Russian utopia. Consequently, much of the book is little more than a capitalist's adventures in dealing with communist Russia. It is more a critique about the pitfalls of communism than anything else. However, the author defends the Russian people; he clearly had other attitudes - understandable - towards their economic and governmental policies.

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