Memoirs of Nikita Khrushchev, Volume 2

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Nikita Khrushchev&’s proclamation from the floor of the United Nations that &“we will bury you&” is one of the most chilling and memorable moments in the history of the Cold War, but from the Cuban Missile Crisis to his criticism of the Soviet ruling structure late in his career, the motivation for Khrushchev&’s actions wasn&’t always clear. Many Americans regarded him as a monster, while in the USSR he was viewed at various times as either hero or traitor. But what was he really like, and what did he really think? Readers of Khrushchev&’s memoirs will now be able to answer these questions for themselves (and will discover that what Khrushchev really said at the UN was &“we will bury colonialism&”).

This is the second volume of three in the only complete and fully reliable version of the memoirs available in English. In the first volume, published in 2004, Khrushchev takes his story up to the close of World War II. In the first section of this second volume, he covers the period from 1945 to 1956, from the famine and devastation of the immediate aftermath of the war to Stalin&’s death, the subsequent power struggle, and the Twentieth Party Congress. The remaining sections are devoted to Khrushchev&’s recollections and thoughts about various domestic and international problems. In the second and third sections, he recalls the virgin lands and other agricultural campaigns and his dealings with nuclear scientists and weapons designers. He also considers other sectors of the economy, specifically construction and the provision of consumer goods, administrative reform, and questions of war, peace, and disarmament. In the last section, he discusses the relations between the party leadership and the intelligentsia.

Included among the Appendixes are the notebooks of Nina Petrovna Kukharchuk, Khrushchev&’s wife.


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Abbreviations and Acronyms
Soviet Missile Codes
From Victory Day to the Twentieth Party Congress
In Moscow Again
Some Comments on Certain Individuals
One of Stalins ShortcomingsAntiSemitism
Beria and Others
We Suffer from the Imperfection of Our Organizational System
CornA Crop I Gave Much Attention to
The Shelves in Our Stores Are Empty
Structuring the Soviet Armed Forces
The Soviet Navy
Airplanes and Missiles
Antimissile Defenses
Tanks and Cannon

Stalins Family and His Daughter Svetlana
Stalins Last Years
The Korean War
Doctors Plot
The Nineteenth Party Congress
After the Nineteenth Party Congress
Economic Problems of Socialism in the USSR
Stalin About Himself
The Death of Stalin
My Reflections on Stalin
Once Again on Beria
After Stalins Death
From the Nineteenth Party Congress to the Twentieth
After the Twentieth Party Congress
A Few Words About Government Power Zhukov and Others
How to Make Life Better
My Work in Agriculture
The Virgin Lands
We Have Not Achieved the Abundance We Desire
Agriculture and Science
Academician Vilyams and His GrassField CropRotation System
The Agricultural Field as a Chessboard
A Few Words About the Machine and Tractor Stationsand About Specialization
Wheels or Tank Treads?
Scientists and Defense Technology
Cooperation on Outer Space
Kurchatov Keldysh Sakharov Tupolev Lavrentyev Kapitsa and Others
Issues of Peace and War
On Peace and War
Nuclear War and Conventional War
Arms Race or Peaceful Coexistence?
Government Spending
Relations with Intelligentsia
The Last Romantic Anatoly Strelyany
Memorandum of N S Khrushchev on Military Reform
On Limiting the Receipt of Foreign Correspondence by N S Khrushchev
Announcement of the Death of N S Khrushchev
The Sendoff
Sanitation Day Notes of a Contemporary on the Funeral of N S Khrushchev
Mamas Notebooks 19711984
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About the author (2004)

Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev (1894&–1971) was First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1953 to 1964 and Chairman of the USSR Council of Ministers from 1958 to 1964.

Sergei Khrushchev is Senior Fellow at the Thomas J. Watson Jr. Institute for International Studies at Brown University. He is the author of Nikita Khrushchev and the Creation of a Superpower (Penn State, 2000).

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