Moscow: Gos. tekhnicheskoe izdatel’stvo, 1928. Item #1427
60 pp.: ill. 17,5x13 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. In very good condition, colored pencil underlines, private stamps and signatures on front cover, t. p. and p.3.
First and only edition. One of 4100 copies. Very rare.
The Russian adaptation of Otto Moog’s book ‘Drüben steht Amerika’ (1927) about the development of American industry.
Interestingly, the Soviet reduced version came out as criticism in contrast to original glowing notes. The publisher stressed a low level of workers’ education and a lack of state control over American industrial companies. Although the author himself wrote about it, the information was almost lost in his admiration of production rates.
Editor’s notes are sharp occasionally. For example, one of the paragraphs is written about relations between employees and employers. There is a description of female typists who had enough space in a working room to dance during breaks – and this was clearly visible from their boss’ office. The editor marked that “Mr Moog forgot to ask those women if they liked to dance under watching”.
The book still contains statistical data comparing Germany and America industries. Eight illustrations, as well as tables, were printed in the text.
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