`It is the simplest thing - so hard to achieve'. So wrote the great German dramatist and GDR citizen Bertolt Brecht in his 1932 poem `In Praise of Communism'. This excellent booklet on socialism in the GDR explains why it was indeed so hard to achieve and always remained incomplete. Its great merit, however, is that it does so in a way that enables socialists today to learn from the experience. At the same time the authors do not forget the very considerable economic and social acheivements of working people in the GDR - something that the propagandists of today's crisis-stricken capitalism are desperate to conceal.'
-- JOHN FOSTER Emeritus Professor, Social Sciences, University of the West of Scotland
From the Publisher
is an antidote to those characterisations that define it simply as an oppressive, Stasi-dominated prison camp. Here the authors, with first hand knowledge of life in the GDR, present a very different picture: an egalitarian society, a country with great social achievements and as a system from which we can all learn.