"[T]he real utopians are those people who imagine it is possible today to achieve a greater satisfaction of human needs through the reform of capitalism, and not its complete overthrow." - International Communist Current, Part One of The Perspective of Communism
It's a BAD book! She mentions important things in passing without giving any kind of background or introduction. The writing is extremely inflated. However, I haven't read the second half of the book (from Bismarck on), so the possibility remains that she did a better job with that period, since it seems to be her speciality.
On 22 June 1941, the German army invaded the Soviet Union, one hundred fifty divisions advancing on three axes in a surprise attack that overwhelmed and destroyed whatever opposition the Russians were able to muster. The German High Command was under the impression that the Red Army could be destroyed west of the Dnepr River and that there would be no need for conducting operations in cold, snow, and mud. They were wrong.
In reality, the extreme conditions of the German war in Russia were so brutal that past experiences simply paled before them. Everything in Russia--the land, the weather, the distances, and above all the people--was harder, harsher, more unforgiving, and more deadly than anything the German soldier had ever faced before.
Based on the recollections of four veteran German commanders of those battles, FIGHTING IN HELL describes in detail what happened when the world's best-publicized "supermen" met the world's most brutal fighting. It is not a tale for the squeamish.
I should've read the reviews more carefully. This has less to do with our earliest ancestors and more to do with "the race to discover" them. That's not a bad thing if you're interested in the scientific process (and it's quite interesting, as paleoanthropology seems rife with internecine feuding). If you're into the history of science, check it out.
Zelda didn't trust Aram an inch! His piratical eye patch, combined with the mysterious crates in his car, suggested he was involved in more sinister dealings than the buying and selling of carpets. But Zelda had to accept his help after all, they were both stranded in the middle of the Syrian desert. She'd just have to keep her wits about her, even if it meant ignoring the growing physical attraction between them. Because Zelda was sure of only one thing-Aram wanted more from her than her precious carpet.
Insane. There is a long chapter about how women, if so ordered by their husbands, must have an abortion, even though that's regarded by the authors as a sin (though obviously a lesser one than women thinking for themselves).
Born in 1912, Cyril Strong went to work at the Hotel Newfoundland in 1928. When the hotel workers organized in 1942, he began his career as a trade unionist. After serving on the executives of his local union, of the St. John's Trades and Labor COuncil, and of the Newfoundland Federation of Labour, he became the Newfoundland organizer for the Anerican Federation of Labor in 1948. As Federation organizer, he travelled the province from coast to coast helping Newfoundland workers form unions. After the creation of the Canadian Labour Congress in 1956, Strong became a CLC representative. Thus, he was the dramatic events of the 1959-1960 IWA organizing drive and loggers strike from the inside, a story which he recounts here.