Khrushchev Remembers



What a book!

It was described by Stewart Alsop of Newsweek as "Utterly Fascinating" and I couldnít agree more.

Iíve read a few books about Stalin but this book, written by someone who served under him, gives an insight like no other. Amazing - and I use this term in the full knowledge that it has become hackneyed and almost meaningless by gross overuse. But this book is what the word Ďamazingí really means.

There is also a great deal about the Cold War, but itís from the Soviet perspective and thatís something we in the West knew nothing about. We were indoctrinated to believe that the Yanks were the good guys and the Ruskies were the baddies but when you read this book, youíll see nothing could have been further from the truth.

In these memoirs itís true that Khrushchev had a strong tendency to skip over his own bad behaviour when it occurred, but Edward Crankshaw was extremely knowledgeable about Soviet affairs and so when Khrushchev has a tendency to gloss over his own role in what we might today call a crime against humanity, thereís a little note at the bottom of the page to remind the reader of Khrushchevís true role in the affair.

In this book I believe that Khrushchev, a man with virtually no education to speak of, left the world a great legacy. Itís definitely a MUST read book.

*****

(Khrushchev's secret speech, in which he denounced Stalin, is published at the back of the book in its entirety and is also something not to be missed.)

---March 28, 2014---

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