Khrushchev: The Man and His Era

Author(s): William Taubman (Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science, Amherst College, USA)

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William Taubman's brilliant biography of one of the key figures of the Soviet Union is a study in contrasts - how the boy from a peasant background rose to the heights of power; how a single-minded, ambitious political player survived twenty years under Stalin; how he opened up to the West after Stalin's death and yet brought the world close to oblivion in the Cuban Missile Crisis. What emerges is a fascinating picture of a man constantly torn between benevolence and malevolence - a man who made himself cultured and yet who could never really escape his image as a bullying country bumpkin (most famously demonstrated by his interruption of Macmillan's speech to the UN in 1960 by banging his shoe on the table - the urbane Macmillan responded, 'Mr President, perhaps we could have a translation, I could not quite follow').

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  • : 9780743231664
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  • : William Taubman (Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science, Amherst College, USA)
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