Memoirs of Nikita Khrushchev: Commissar, 1918-1945

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Nikita Sergeevich Khrushchev, Sergeĭ Khrushchev
Penn State Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 935 pages
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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 first volume of three in the only complete and fully reliable version of the memoirs available in English. In this volume, Khrushchev recounts how he became politically active as a young worker in Ukraine, how he climbed the ladder of power under Stalin to occupy leading positions in Ukraine and then Moscow, and how as a military commissar he experienced the war against the Nazi invaders. He vividly portrays life in Stalin's inner circle and among the generals who commanded the Soviet armies.

Khrushchev's sincere reflections upon his own thoughts and feelings add to the value of this unique personal and historical document. Included among the Appendixes is Sergei Khrushchev's account of how the memoirs were created and smuggled abroad during his father's retirement.

  

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This is a one of the best books I have ever read about the Soviet Union. The personality of Khrushchev comes to light in this book. The down to earth of personality, the honesty, and the humor of Nikita puts a human face on an icon of history.
The book is easy to read, and I could not put it down. The only problem I see is the price of the book...ouch!
 

Contents

Prologue i
1
The Beginning of the Road
7
A Few Words About the NEP
14
The Fourteenth Party Congress
20
The Move to Kiev
28
Personal Acquaintance with Stalin
43
Moscow Workdays
59
The Kirov Assassination
84
By the Ruins of Stalingrad
405
Turn of the Tide at Stalingrad
442
The Road to Rostov
468
Before the Battle of Kursk and at Its Beginning
493
To the Dnieper
534
Kiev Is Ours Again
559
We Liberate Ukraine
584
Forward to Victory
614

Some Consequences of the Kirov Assassination
102
In Ukraine Again
138
UkraineMoscow Crossroads of the 1930s
172
The Second World War Approaches
207
The Beginning of the Second World War
228
Events on the Eve of War
261
The Great Patriotic
297
People and Events of Summer and Fall 1941
324
From Winter to Summer
358
Postwar Reflections
637
The Far East After the Great Patriotic War
678
War Memoirs
698
A Short Biography of N S Khrushchev
707
The History of the Creation and Publication of the Khrushchev
713
Conversation with N S Khrushchev at the Party Control Committee
827
Biographies
844
Index
911
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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.

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