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Khrushchev Remembers, Vol 2: Last Testament

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Published April 30th 1977 by Random House (first published 1971)
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Nov 03, 2014 Geoff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fascinating read. Khrushchev comes across as a garrulous old man. Not a first-rate raconteur but enough to keep you interested. And some of his reminisces made me chuckle eg: Soviet leadership seeing a new rocket design.
The majority of autobios and memoirs by politicos are self-serving. This one is no exception. Despite wanting to abide by the maxim of always telling the truth Khrushchev is quiet on his culpability in violations of socialist legality. (Though that caveat applies more
Jan-Jaap van Peperstraten
Kruschev's memoirs, translated by Strobe Talbot form a fascinating historical document not only offering insight into the mind of Kruschev himself but also into those of Stalin's inner circle: Kamenev, Molotov, the odious Beria and the insufferable toady Kaganovich. Through these pages one thing is made utterly clear - Communism was an active force for evil, Stalin an utter maniac and Khruschev himself obviously deluded and quite as capable of violence as any of his fellow Stalinist henchmen was ...more
Nov 04, 2008 David added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in USSR
This is an amazing book. It's not really history, but more of Khrushchev's personal thoughts behind some of the history in which he was involved. It is very self-serving and anti-Stalin, so I would not recommend it as history. For those who are already family with the history of the Soviet Union, this is a "behind-the-scenes" peek which helps give insight into the personalities who rose and fell during that time.

It is also a very easy and good read! I actually took some unread mysteries back to
May 15, 2008 Arif rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was, for me, my first exposure to a perspective on the other side of the Iron Curtain. My first impressions of Khrushchev come from a documentary on CBC about the Cuban missile crisis. I was about 11 then and had yet to learn who was Stalin. Even so, he struck me as a man of humility to have backed down and lost face for the sake of avoiding a nuclear confrontation.

His memoirs carry that undertone of proletarian brotherhood and a concern for the average joe.

You can hardly begin to understa
Mickey Mantle
Feb 02, 2011 Mickey Mantle rated it really liked it
Enjoyed the book...Amazing how Stalin butchered so many...This "Party", "Government" and "Communist Cause" are an absolute insult to any thinking person.
All these people were guilty of mass murder.
Mar 26, 2008 +Chaz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who read alot of nonfiction.
Recommended to +Chaz by: Library book sale :)
Long but other wise excellent. Take with a grain of salt, however, still fascinating view of the Kremlin.
Douglas Graney
Aug 21, 2008 Douglas Graney rated it liked it
His chapter on the Cuban Missile crisis is particularly interesting.
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Soviet Union's leader during part of the Cold War. He served as First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1953 to 1964, and as Chairman of the Council of Ministers, or Premier, from 1958 to 1964. Khrushchev was responsible for the partial de-Stalinization of the Soviet Union, for backing the progress of the early Soviet space program, and for several relatively liberal reform ...more
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