Search

Articles & Essays

Jack has written more than 500 articles and essays for The Atlantic, Scientific American Mind, Wired, American Heritage, The History Channel Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Minnesota Monthly, and many other publications.

Read his articles and essays here.

Jack El-Hai's Books
  • The Lobotomist: A Maverick Medical Genius and His Tragic Quest to Rid the World of Mental Illness
    The Lobotomist: A Maverick Medical Genius and His Tragic Quest to Rid the World of Mental Illness
  • Non-Stop: A Turbulent History of Northwest Airlines
    Non-Stop: A Turbulent History of Northwest Airlines
  • Lost Minnesota: Stories of Vanished Places
    Lost Minnesota: Stories of Vanished Places
  • The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Göring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII
    The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Göring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII
Follow Jack on Twitter
Thursday
Sep202012

H.G. Wells Meets Josef Stalin

I recently read H.G. Wells' novel The Invisible Man and came away impressed by the author's artistry in entertainingly moving a story along while including a serious subplot about H.G. Wellsthe role of science in our society. Wells was active in a variety of left-leaning causes throughout his long literary career, and he made sure he crossed paths with many influential and interesting people.

In 1934 Wells interviewed Soviet leader Josef Stalin Josef Stalin(for what exact purpose, I'm not sure) and discussed with Stalin the differences between liberalism and communism. The interview was surprisingly argumentative and prickly at times. This is how it began:

Wells: I am very much obliged to you, Mr. Stalin, for agreeing to see me. I was in the United States recently. I had a long conversation with President Roosevelt and tried to ascertain what his leading ideas were. Now I have come to ask you what you are doing to change the world. . .

Stalin: Not so very much.

Not a promising start. But things warmed up from there. You can read the entire transcript at the Marxists Internet Archive. I recommend it for a peek into the minds of two of the twentieth century's most forceful figures.

 

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

References (2)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.
  • Response
    article5833 After having read that the least channel package consists m Ray Bans On Sale ore Ray Ban Sunglasses Sale Uk than 500 channels, you may be thinking that your have to pay exhaustive subscription for availing satellite TV services. You are wrong! In fact, you have number of ...
  • Response
    Response: tsp97.com
    “排雷”高比例质押 上市公司股东主动降杠杆 高 香港六合宝典 杠杆伴生风险,上市公司实控人、股东们对此并非毫无警惕。从过往案例看,当上市公司股价处于 铁算盘中特网-手机开奖站 质押预警线以下时,上市公司股东采取的措施大致包括补充质押、解除质押以及要求停牌等。高杠杆伴生风险,上市公司实控人、股东们对此并非毫无警惕。实际上,早在今年初,就已有上市公司大股东、负责人预感到了问题。一位上市公司负责人向上证报记者表示: 今年初,我们就开始提醒主要股东要主动降杠杆,目前正一步步降到安全线内,香港六合宝典,目的就是消除股票质押平仓隐患。 从最新公告看

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
All HTML will be escaped. Hyperlinks will be created for URLs automatically.
« Hypnotism and Its Past | Main | Wilde in the Streets »