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Imported Publications, Inc. and
Progress Publishers

A strong, steady resource for Soviet books was available during the time of the New Jewel Movement (NJM) from 1970-1984. The company was Imported Publications, Inc. from Chicago.

IMPORTED PUBLICATIONS IS NO LONGER IN BUSINESS. YOU CANNOT ORDER BOOKS FROM ITS CATALOG FROM THIS WEB SITE. What you can do is start up a distribution center and sell similar books.

Imported Publications initiated its business in 1970 importing "the finest Soviet books." The Soviet publishers the company distributed include the sciences from MIR Publishers, social sciences from Progress Publishers, Russian language study aids from Aurora Publishers, among others. Wholesale/retail books inventoried included children's books and Russian and Soviet literature. A handful of titles from the German Democratic Republic (GDR), the publisher called the International Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa (located in London), plus the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea were carried.

In the years between 1970-1984, and more pointedly in the earliest of those years, if you were in the United States, the majority of titles from Imported Publications were unavailable from any other source. If one purchased books from Imported Publications, the thought crossed one's mind that somewhere a little check was made by your name - such was the fear of being thought a Communist sympathizer.

Imported Publications excelled in its colorful children's books. These were primarily folk tales that not only came from the wide expanse of Soviet territory, but also from Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Armenia and the Ukraine. There were stories for children by Alexander Pushkin, Lev Tolstoy and Maxim Gorky.

The jewels of the juveniles were those books illustrated by Ivan Bilibin - "Vassilisa the Beautiful," "Tales of the Tsarevich Ivan", the "Firebird' and the "Grey Wolf," plus the Lermontov poem "The Lay of Tsar Ivan Vassilyevich, His Young Oprichnik and the Stout-Hearted Merchant Kalashnikov."

There were many titles on Science & Technology. Those most likely useful for developing nations, other than standard texts, were "Friction, Wear & Lubrication," "Hydraulic Machines: Turbines & Pumps" and "Water Treatment." Not to be forgotten is the ever-predictable publishing effort "Physics Can Be Fun."

Literature includes titles by Gorky, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Gogol, Turgenev, Sholokhov, among others. The listing did not forsake science fiction titles either.

Language study books of a wide variety were for sale including dictionaries, audio teaching devices and books such as "Teach Yourself Russian."

The Freedom Charter of the African National Congress was sold as a poster along with a color poster of V.I. Lenin, and a portfolio case of color prints from "Tales by Alexander Pushkin"; illustrated by the masterful I. Bilibin.

Though Imported Publications offered other categories it is not until History and Geography that we find a title related to Grenada. Carew's "Grenada: The Hour Will Strike Again" is Jan Carew's history of the Spice Isle.

The 6-volume Ponomarev "The International Working Class Movement," a "Modern History of Korea," a book about Namibia, a book on Soweto, as well as histories of the Russian Revolution were offered alongside "Documents on the Palestine Question."

The variety of biographies was wide - Agostinho Neto, Ernesto Che Guevara, Henry Winston (U.S. Communist), Lenin, Tolstoy and Nelson Mandela.

The Social Sciences heading included sub-categories of Soviet Studies, Peace and International Relations, USA Studies, China Studies, Studies on Developing Countries, Law, Economics, studies on Political theory, Education & Psychology.

A special section featured Study Guides; e.g. Lenin's 'The Tasks of the Youth Leagues,' Sazonov, V. The description reads:

Analyzes the significance of Lenin's famous speech to the Young Communist League in 1920, wherein he addresses the critical military and economic tasks facing the new Soviet republic, and the long-term goal of creating the new socialist personality.

A vast array of books written by Marx and/or Engels, plus Lenin were for sale. This included the "Complete Collected Works" of Lenin in 45 volumes. Needless to point out that a 2-volume "Reference Index to Collected Works of V.I. Lenin" could be purchased to help you, perhaps, from nodding off by looking up a detail.

Most, if not all, the historical Russian/Soviet books were published by Progress Publishers in Moscow.

One could subscribe to periodicals via Imported Publications - 'The World Marxist Review,' and the bi-weekly reprints from the Soviet press in English - "Pravda", "Isvestia", "Sovietskaya Industriya" - all translated by the Novosti Press Agency. Other periodicals were, for example, the "African Communist" from South Africa; "America Latina," a Soviet journal of Latin American studies; the "Democratic Journalist" from the Prague-based International Organization of Journalists (IOJ), plus "New Perspective" journal and "Peace Courier" newspaper from the Helsinki World Peace Council.

It was Progress Publishers of Moscow who published the book Maurice Bishop, in the 26 August 1983 Emergency Meeting, recommended the CC [Central Committee] re-read, along with the history of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU). It is the title below:

I. Pronin and M. Stephichev, "Leninist Standards of Party Life," Moscow, Progress Publishers, 1969.

At the Extra-Ordinary Meeting of 14-16 September 1983, Liam James said -

The C.C. [Central Committee] and Party must study Brutents.

The entry is right there in the Imported Publications catalog:

K.N. Brutents, "National Liberation Revolutions Today," 2 vols. Moscow, Progress Publishers, 1977

A comprehensive theoretical analysis of the distinct features of various national revolutionary forces, and the domestic and international conditions of development of countries emerging from colonial status.

It does appear from the repetition of the subject that study and more study, involving texts as a focal point, was often advised during all the years of the New Jewel Movement (NJM) and Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG).

Maurice Bishop, during that same Extra-Ordinary Meeting of 14-16 September 1983 was paraphrased in the minutes as exactly reproduced here:

He [Maurice Bishop] had found difficulties of finding a relevant material to study the question of the functioning of the P.B. [Political Bureau] and C.C. [Central Committee] which reflects a weakness, he don't (sic) think that he had given adequate leadership to bodies.


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