Khrushchev: The Man and His Era

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W. W. Norton & Company, Apr 17, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 871 pages
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Shortlisted for the National Books Critics Circle Award: "The book is a gift, as fascinating as it is important."—Robert Legvold, Foreign Affairs

The definitive biography of the mercurial Soviet leader who succeeded and denounced Stalin. Nikita Khrushchev was one of the most complex and important political figures of the twentieth century. Ruler of the Soviet Union during the first decade after Stalin's death, Khrushchev left a contradictory stamp on his country and on the world. His life and career mirror the Soviet experience: revolution, civil war, famine, collectivization, industrialization, terror, world war, cold war, Stalinism, post-Stalinism. Complicit in terrible Stalinist crimes, Khrushchev nevertheless retained his humanity: his daring attempt to reform communism prepared the ground for its eventual collapse; and his awkward efforts to ease the cold war triggered its most dangerous crises.

This is the first comprehensive biography of Khrushchev and the first of any Soviet leader to reflect the full range of sources that have become available since the USSR collapsed. Combining a page-turning historical narrative with penetrating political and psychological analysis, this book brims with the life and excitement of a man whose story personified his era.

  

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Review: Khrushchev: The Man and His Era

User Review  - Linda Schell - Goodreads

Khrushchev, the man whose life's desire was to be an engineer, is a true dichotomy as his recently and belatedly erected black and white monument in Russia implies. Yes, he was complicit in Stalinist ... Read full review

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Contents

The Fall October 1964
3
Kalinovkas Own 18941908
18
Making It as a Metalworker 19081917
30
To Be or Not to Be an Apparatchik 19181929
45
Stalins Pet 19291937
72
Stalins Viceroy 19381941
114
Khrushchev at War 19411944
147
Ukrainian Viceroy Again 19441949
179
From the U2 to the UN Shoe AprilSeptember 1960
442
Khrushchev and Kennedy 19601961
480
A Communist Society Will Be Just about Built by 1980 19611962
507
The Cuban Cureall 1962
529
The Unraveling 19621964
578
After the Fall 19641971
620
Epilogue
647
Abbreviations
653

The Heir Nonapparent 19491953
208
Almost Triumphant 19531955
236
From the Secret Speech to the Hungarian Revolution 1956
270
The Jaws of Victory 19561957
300
The Wider World 19171957
325
Alone at the Top 19571960
361
The Berlin Crisis and the American Trip 19581959
396
Notes
657
Bibliography
793
Glossary
825
Acknowledgments
827
Index
831
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

William Taubman is professor of political science at Amherst College and the author of Stalin's American Policy, Moscow Spring, and other books on the Soviet Union.

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