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Tyranny to Freedom: Diary of a Former Stalinist

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A book by Ludwik Kowalski

The author's own father was a victim of Stalinism. But this did not prevent the young Ludwik from becoming a dedicated Stalinist and a communist party member in Poland. Tyranny to Freedom: Diary of a Former Stalinist is based on decades of diaries, … see full wiki

Tags: Books, Nonfiction, Biography, Communism, Diaries
Author: Ludwik Kowalski
Publisher: Wasteland Press
1 review about Tyranny to Freedom: Diary of a Former Stalinist

Freedom and Its Price

  • Mar 3, 2010
Rating:
+5
Tyranny to Freedom by Dr. Ludwik Kowalski PhD

This work is an excellent biography of a budding physicist
transformed from an early childhood in the Soviet Union to
college and university life in Poland and ultimately the USA.
Dr. Kowalski became a research scientist at Columbia University
and the Department Chairperson of Physics at a New Jersey college
which is now Montclair State University.

Ultimately, the author embraced America and capitalism
over socialism. Although the book doesn't cover the
negations of socialism in great detail, the more salient
ones have been debated extensively for decades :
o the socialist state tends to exercise tight political control
over resource allocation
o there was an acute need to modernize agriculture
o the military diverted badly needed scarce resources
o there was a technological gap which closed increasingly after Khruschev

The former Soviet Union and the New Republics are separated
by a natural dividing line. East of the Ural Mountains is the
Asian part of the old Soviet Union. West of the Ural Mountains
is the European sphere of influence. In addition, there are 11 time
zones and significant multicultural dimensions including Europe and Asia.

Today's manufacturers would be required to utilize linear programming
extensively to solve the resource allocation issues , transportation,
transshipment and waiting line/ queuing algorithms to bring consumer
services across all of the Republics in a cost effective manner.

Life was hard in the early years due to limited food except
for mushrooms and fish. The author diarizes summer camp in
Yugoslavia, the death of Stalin, outside friendships and
research at the Radium Institute. The book documents a
good research paper on the ionization chamber and other
research on the use of chips of mica to do delayed-fission
experiments.

The author balances levity with the seriousness of life
during World War II, Stalin and the political upheavels thereafter.
A part of the book relates political jokes; such as,
" A young boy is accused of eating all the marmalade.
It is not me, mother; Beria at it. "

The middle of the book has a small collection of personal
pictures depicting Ludwik and his parents. The author
does a good job of integrating his early personal life leading
up to his professional life as a research scientist and educator.
Dr. Kowalski became an American citizen in May of 1978.

The second paragraph of his citizenship induction reads as
follows:

" Naturalized citizens from all lands have made significant
contributions to the betterment of our nation. I am sure that
you will follow in this tradition and firmly resolve to do your part
in making America an even more wonderful place in which we live."

Signed by President Jimmy Carter

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