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This is the story of the rise and fall of one man against the background of his country's history - bloody, tumultuous, yet immensely significant - since the revolution in 1917.Nikita Sergei Khrushchev was born in 1894 at Kalinovka where Great Russia borders the Ukraine.He was the child of peasants driven from the land by poverty.His grandfather had been born a serf; his f ...more
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Published September 28th 2011 by Bloomsbury Reader (first published 1966)
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Erik Graff
Dec 21, 2012 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Russia fans, Crankshaw fans
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Khrushchev and Eisenhower are the first two heads of state I remember, Eisenhower barely, but Krushchev was around as First Secretary and Premier until 1964 and only died in 1971. This places him as significant presence throughout my childhood, a period dominated by the Cold War and the fear of nuclear hostilities.

Krushchev was an ambiguous figure. In classes we were indoctrinated with anti-communist films and lectures, particularly in middle school. Krushchev, however, always struck me as avun
John Fahey
Highly informative. The author has a great deal of first hand knowledge of his subject.
Carol Rose Stark Neal
Mar 24, 2010 Carol Rose Stark Neal rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in Russian history
Shelves: nonfiction, biography
The muddied waters of prerevolutionary and revolutionary Russia are filtered to reveal the major players and their interactions relative to Khrushchev who eventually out-Stalins Stalin. Khrushchev's usefulness permits his survival while contemporaries drop like flies. His actions are discussed and analyzed through his leaving public life.
Russian 20th century history is filled with names and dates. Reading this book was helpful in sorting various people, personalities, and philosophies, as well
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Edward Crankshaw (3 January 1909 – 30 November 1984), was a British writer, translator and commentator on Soviet affairs.

Born in London, Crankshaw was educated in the Nonconformist public school, Bishop's Stortford College, Hertfordshire, England. He started working as a journalist for a few months at The Times. In the 1930s he lived in Vienna, Austria, teaching English and learning German. He wit
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