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Translated and edited by Strobe Talbott.

With a Foreword by Edward Crankshaw and an Introduction by Jerrold L Schecter. reviews:

"FIVE STARS! How do you rate someone's memoirs? The book is entertaining and plentiful enough in anecdotes and side stories. The commentary by Edward Crankshaw is helpful and at times quite funny. I both enjoyed reading it and feel that I now know a bit more about the principal figures in the mid century Soviet Union."

"FIVE STARS!!! This book, dictated by Nikita Khrushchev while under virtual house arrest from the time he lost power until his death, offers a rare look into the Soviet mind at the height of the Cold War. It was translated by Strobe Talbott, who was Deputy Secretary of State from 1994 to 2001. Shortly after publication, Khrushchev said that he did not write it. However, he only said this out of loyalty to the Communist Party, and there is little doubt as to its authenticity (especially with the information found in formerly secret Soviet archives). It traces his life from his childhood, his roles during Stalin's reign, his years in power, and how and why he lost power. Getting the Soviet side on events like the Cuban Missile Crisis and the schism with China from a man who understands them better than anyone else provides a good balance to what we read in Western history books."

"FIVE STARS!!!! One of the most interesting books about USSR history. The facts related in the book are hard to find elsewhere. A very interesting personality writing about events in which he had a central role."

Hardback 1974.

602 pages + photographs.

Good condition.

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