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Memoirs of Nikita Khrushchev


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ContentsAcknowledgmentsAbbreviations and AcronymsThe MemoirsFrom Victory Day to the Twentieth Party CongressThe First Postwar YearsIn Moscow AgainSome Comments on Certain IndividualsOne of Stalin's Shortcomings-Anti-SemitismBeria and OthersStalin's Family, and His Daughter SvetlanaStalin's Last YearsThe Korean WarDoctors' PlotThe Nineteenth Party CongressAfter the Nineteenth Party CongressEconomic Problems of Socialism in the USSRStalin About HimselfThe Death of StalinMy Reflections on StalinOnce Again on BeriaAfter Stalin's DeathFrom the Nineteenth Party Congress to the TwentiethAfter the Twentieth Party CongressA Few Words About Government Power, Zhukov, and OthersHow to Make Life BetterBuild More-and with High QualityMy Work in AgricultureThe Virgin LandsWe Have Not Achieved the Abundance We DesireAgriculture and ScienceAcademician Vilyams and His Grass-Field Crop-Rotation SystemThe Agricultural Field as a ChessboardA Few Words About the Machine and Tractor Stations-and About SpecializationWe Suffer from the Imperfection of Our Organizational SystemCorn-A Crop I Gave Much Attention toThe Shelves in Our Stores Are EmptyThe Postwar Defense of the USSR1. Structuring the Soviet Armed ForcesStalin's LegacyThe Soviet NavyAirplanes and MissilesAntimissile DefensesTanks and CannonThe Problem of Transport: Wheels or Tank Treads?2. Scientists and Defense TechnologyAndrei Sakharov and Nuclear WeaponsCooperation on Outer SpaceKurchatov, Keldysh, Sakharov, Tupolev, Lavrentyev, Kapitsa, and Others3. Issues of Peace and WarReducing the Size of the Soviet ArmyOn Peace and WarNuclear War and Conventional WarArms Race or Peaceful Coexistence?Government SpendingRelations with the IntelligentsiaI Am Not a JudgeAppendixesThe Last RomanticAnatoly Strelyany Memorandum of N. S. Khrushchev on Military ReformMemorandum of KGB Chairman Yuri Andropov to the CPSU Central Committee: "On Limiting the Receipt of Foreign Correspondence by N. S. Khrushchev"Announcement of the Death of N. S. KhrushchevThe SendoffGeorgy FyodorovSanitation Day (Notes of a Contemporary on the Funeral of N. S. Khrushchev) Anatoly ZlobinMama's Notebooks, 1971-1984Nina Petrovna KhrushchevaBiographiesIndex

About the Author

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).


"Nikita Khrushchev was one of the most important political leaders of the twentieth century. Without his memoirs, neither the rise and fall of the Soviet Union nor the history of the Cold War can be fully understood. By dictating his memoirs and publishing them in the West, Khrushchev transformed himself from the USSR's leader to one of its first dissidents. His remarkably candid recollections were a harbinger of glasnost to come. . Like virtually all memoirs, his have a personal and political agenda, but even what might be called Khrushchev's 'myth of himself' is vital for understanding how this colorful figure could place his contradictory stamp on his country and the world. The fact that the full text of Khrushchev's memoirs will now be available in English is cause for rejoicing."

-William Taubman, Amherst College, author of Khrushchev: The Man and His Era

"The single most comprehensive, candid, and authoritative account of the inner workings of the Kremlin leadership. . . . One of the most extraordinary archives of the twentieth century."

-Strobe Talbott, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State

"This is the second of three huge volumes that present, for the first time in English, a complete version of the tape-recorded memoirs of Nikita Khrushchev, the leader of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (SPSU) from September 1953 to October 1964. Pennsylvania State University Press deserves praise for taking on this enormous task, which was supported in part by grants from a number of individuals and private foundations. . . . The 3-volume set of Khrushchev's memoirs is an indispensable resource for scholars interested in Soviet politics, Soviet foreign policy, and the Cold War. This second volume is especially useful in its discussion of political rivalries, the Machiavellian nature of Soviet politics, and the dilemmas of Soviet military policy in the nuclear age."

-Mark Kramer, Journal of Modern History

"In spight of Khrushchev's generally negative attitude toward Jews, the appearance of the second volume of his posthumous reminiscences, Memoirs of Nikita Khrushchev will be of great interest to all Kremlin watchers."

-Sheldon Kirshner, Canadian Jewish News

"Like the preceding volume, this work is a fine translation, easy to read, but fragmented. There are excellent notes following each chapter and photographs showing Krushchev up to his retirement. The index is excellent and a number of appendixes are included, some quite lengthy, which provide rare insights into Krushchev's character. This volume would be another valuable addition for the Soviet specialist but military historians should wait for the final volume, which hopefully will go into more detail regarding the major Cold War events of Khrushchev's tenure as General Secretary."

-Paul Wanke, Military History

"The Memoirs of Nikita Krushchev remain a highly valuable source for historians of the Soviet Union, and should be of great interest to those interested in the history of the Cold War. Because they provide a unique insight into the mindset of the Soviet leadership, and because their contents can be enjoyed by those without too much background knowledge in Soviet history, they can also be fruitfully used by undergraduate as a primary source."

-Kees Boterbloem, Canadian Journal of History

"There is no better way to appreciate the historical and humanistic depths of this drama than by spending time with Nikita Khrushchev's memoirs."

-Maxim Matusevich, American Communist History

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