The Kremlin's Scholar: A Memoir of Soviet Politics Under Stalin and Krushchev

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Yale University Press, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 444 pages
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Dmitrii Shepilov (1905-1995), a prominent Soviet leader and member of the Communist Party elite, rose to power under Joseph Stalin in the 1940s and 1950s, then fell into political disgrace after being implicated in a coup attempt against Nikita Khrushchev in 1957. In this remarkable memoir, Shepilov provides an unparalleled account of Soviet politics during this period, as well as first-hand recollections of prominent political leaders including Stalin, Khrushchev, Mao Zedong, Lavrentii Beria, Andrei Zhdanov, and others.
Secretary of the Central Committee, editor in chief of Pravda, and director of the Communist Party’s Bureau of Propaganda and Agitation, Shepilov tells his story from the perspective of a true insider. His memoir sheds new light on Soviet relations with China, the aborted coup against Khrushchev, the personal rivalries that drove high-level Soviet politics, and much more. His report—dramatic, opinionated, and engaging—is an important addition to the history of his sparsely documented era.
  

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Contents

CHAPTER
1
CHAPTER
35
CHAPTER THREE
56
CHAPTER FOUR
74
CHAPTER FIVE
90
CHAPTER
115
CHAPTER SEVEN
132
CHAPTER EIGHT
155
CHAPTER
205
CHAPTER ELEVEN
223
CHAPTER TWE
244
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
277
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
315
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
345
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
375
Copyright

CHAPTER NINE
187

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About the author (2007)

Stephen V. Bittner is assistant professor of history at Sonoma State University. He lives in Santa Rosa, CA. Anthony Austin is retired senior editor for the New York Times Magazine and former Moscow correspondent for the New York Times. He lives in Palo Alto, CA.

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