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Khrushchev's Cold War: The Inside Story of an American Adversary

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Nikita Khrushchev was a leader who risked war to get peace during the most dangerous years of the twentieth century. In Khrushchev's Cold War, Aleksandr Fursenko and Timothy Naftali, authors of the Cuban missile crisis classic "One Hell of a Gamble," bring to life head-to-head confrontations between Khrushchev and Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy. Drawing from their unriv ...more
Hardcover, 670 pages
Published October 17th 2006 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 2006)
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Brian
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
ALEKSANDR FURSENKO'S and TIMOTHY NAFTALI'S KHRUSCHEV'S COLD WAR is one of the best books written on the Soviet leaders life in recent years and incorporates many newly declassified documents to present a new and detailed account on the Soviet leaders life. It is mostly a book about his time in charge during the cold war. The authors do not go back into his childhood or spend much time following his leaving power. It is a political and diplomatic history of his life looking at his failures and ac ...more
Zoe
May 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“Khrushchev's Cold War” documents Nikila Sergeyevich Khrushchev's career, from his rise to power in 1955 to his fall in 1964. During this period some of the most monumental crises occurred in the Suez, Berlin, Iraq, and Cuba.
The book robbed me of many misconceptions, especially regarding the power of emerging countries in the Cold War. I had thought of the United States and the Soviet Union as two players pushing about unresisting pieces. But in reality these pieces had minds and agendas of th
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Scot McAtee
May 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know it's not likely that everyone will read a thick historical book like this, but I was completely fascinated by this account of the Cuban Missile Crisis. It was entrancing. The way that Fursenko tied everything together into such a logical and intriguing story was truly satisfying. When people of my parents' generation recount the story, I never get the same tension that I did from this book. It made me nervous-- very nervous-- and I was so drawn into the story that when I suddenly hit the ...more
Linda Schell
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
well-documented. This information is relatively recent.
Hadrian
Apr 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Updated and thorough biography of one of the most fiery leaders of the 20th century.
Jfarley
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So Krushchev was crazy, but not in the way that is historically accepted... good book. Read it.
John
Apr 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Great updated history of Khrushchev
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