A Socialist Defector: From Harvard to Karl-Marx-Allee

Monthly Review Press, New York 2019, ISBN 978-5836773-8-4

New Book 2019

My new book, “A Socialist Defector: From Harvard to Karl-Marx-Allee”, will be released in a few weeks. No autobiography (that was “Crossing the River”, 2003) it is a look back at 38 years of observing and being part of the rise and fall of an experiment in socialism, the German Democratic Republic, with my analyses, conclusions and application of the lessons I learned to today’s world. It is hopefully made readable by personal anecdotes and jokes.

I plan a book tour in the USA in the spring. Anyone in a group or organization wishing to hear me in person should contact me. The trip still permits new dates (if enough are interested to make a trip worthwhile).

Victor Grossman, February 14 2019


My new book, “A Socialist Defector: From Harvard to Karl-Marx-Allee” is now on sale – reflecting many of my experiences and ideas on past and present. I will be on book tour with it: in May in New York, Washington and Boston, in June in Los Angeles and San Francisco, then Chicago and the mid-West. Some book talk possibilities are still available: get in touch if interested.

Victor Grossman, March 17 2019


On Monday, April 22 I fly off to a USA book tour lasting until June 30. So no Berlin Bulletins for a few months but perhaps a chance to meet in person and, if desired, get a signed copy of my new book: A Socialist Defector: From Harvard to Karl-Marx-Allee (Monthly Express Press).

And here is the most recent list of my book talks; in some cases you must check on exact time, possible entrance fees, etc. A few other gigs might still be possible, especially in New York and Chicago.


23 April, 4 pm: Grotty Hall, 412 North Pleasant Street, U. of Massachusetts, Department of Economics, 01002 413-545-2590


9 May: 7 PM, People’s World Long View Publishing, 235 W. 23rd St., 7th floor, (212) 924-2523, free of charge


15 May:  18.30-20.00, Busboys and Poets, 14th and V St.

17 May: evening (Time not yet clear), Goethe-Institute, 1990 K St. NW, Suite 03 (entrance on 20th St. NW, lower level) Washington, DC 20006, USA. Tel.: +1 202 847-4700. https://www.goethe.de/ins/us/en/sta/wsh.html

18 May: 3-5:30 pm, Nation Magazine Discussion Group. Cleveland Park Public Library (3310 Connecticut Ave.) room #3 on Lower Level. Two blocks s. of Cleveland Park metro station on Red Line at corner of Connecticut Ave. and Macomb St.  Free parking available Saturdays along Macomb St.


20 May: 7 pm Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138; 617-661-1424, www.harvard.com @HarvardBooks Free; no tickets required

22 May: (time ?) Center of Marxist Education, 550 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 1-617 354 2876

25 May: 6-8 pm, Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St., 617 266 6770


31 May: 7 pm, Wende Museum Culver City 310-216-1600 – 10808 Culver Boulevard, Culver City.

1 June:  6 pm, Workers Education Society – potluck at L.A. Workers Center, 1251 S. St. Andrews Pl., L.A. 90019, two blocks west of Western, accessible only from Pico Blvd.

2 June:  2 pm, The Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring, co-sponsored by National Writers Union, SoCal Chapter, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles 90035, Free admission


4 June:  4 pm (place not yet definite)

6 June: 4-5 PM Fort Point Gang, San Francisco (time & location not yet certain)

6 June: 6-7 pm, Bird and Beckett Bookstore, 653 Chenery St., San Francisco

7 June: 12:00–2 pm, Heyday Books, 1808 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley,

8 June 8: 3-5 pm,  CCDS meeting, Eric Quesada Center, 518 Valencia, San Francisco, near 16th St. BART station in SF Mission, 2 blocks west on 16th St. to Valencia.

9 Sun: 10:30-12:30, Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library, 6501 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA


17 June, for bookshop data check with Art Heitzer, artheitzer@gmail.com 414-273-1040, ex. 12;


18 June: 6 pm, A Room of One’s Own Books & Gifts, 315 W Gorham St., https://www.roomofonesown.com/


28-30 June Left Forum 2019, (I will sign books at table, talk about book, possible one hour meeting not yet definite), Long Island University Brooklyn, 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11201 https:/la.leftforum.org/ P.O. Box 763. New York NY 10272.

Victor Grossman, April 21 2019