STORMY PASSAGE by W. . Woytinsky

STORMY PASSAGE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The content of the late economist's autobiography is both crucial and compelling that of an exemplary life bearing directly upon the socio-political crisis of the age, especially as it relates to Russia and the post-revolutionary upheaval. It is a life brimming with all the popular passions and problems, power struggles and ideological cliff hangers which have so over shadowed the 20th century. Woytinsky was a man almost Talatoyan in his humanity and hunger for the Christian ethic. Beginning as a student anarchist and socialist . In and out of imperial cells andiberian under-grounds, he also lived through the October days, the Kerensky overthrow and dispersion of the moderates with whom he was aligned, the calamitous civil war. He suffered under Lenin; trial almost cost him his life; and he finally fled-with his wife, Emma, to the independent republic of Georgia and was its representative. All these tempestuous events take up about three quarters of the book. The remainder is concerned with emigre Woytinsky drafting economic plans for pre-fascist. Italy and Weimar Germany, writing his definitive empirical studies, denunciation by dictatorships of the left and right, and finally reaching the hazen of New Deal America where in the emerging labor movement he gained both fame and peace. That is the content:-the form, unfortunately, is sprawlingly overlong, frequently fragmentary and stylistically soft. Nevertheless the personality of heroism and political transcendence always shines through. This was a man indeed.

Publisher: Vanguard