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  1. Khrushchev: The Years in Power (Norton Library (Paperback))
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  2. Khrushchev: The Years in Power (Norton Library (Paperback))

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A unique view of the Khrushchev period as seen by two prominent Soviet dissidents.

This portrait by two noted Soviet authors and dissidents of Nikita Khrushchev's years in power reveals the former leader of the Soviet Union as a decisive, even impetuous, innovator, a side of him little known before in the West. Khrushchev emerges as a man impatient to destroy Stalinism, to remedy defects in the Soviet system, and to solve the problems of Soviet agriculture. As no other book before it, Khrushchev brings into focus the many sides of the shrewd and complex Soviet leader and the interrelation between Soviet politics and agricultural policy that brought about his removal from power.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Khrushchev may have been a crude peasant who ran Russia during part of the Cold War. He was also a reform politician who instituted serious political and economic reform in the Soviet Union. In the process, he brushed aside all the old Stalinists, including Beria. Medvedev makes it plan that even though Khrushchev made many mistakes, overall his rule benefited the people of the Soviet Union. If one of the old guard Stalinists or Beria himself were to rule, the human tragedy would have been immense.

This is a political biography of Khrushchev's rule in power. The book is divided into easy to read short chapters of various political and economic reforms during the Khrushchev's years in power. A nice consise read.
A more appropriate title for this book would have been "Khrushchev: The Economic and Agricultural Decisions". I bought this book hoping to get insight into Nikita Khrushchev's years in power. Unfortunately, the book focuses too much on Khrushchev's agricultural decisions.
Little mention is made of Khrushchev's foreign policy. His visit to America is briefly mentioned. The deteriorating relationship between the Soviet Union and China is only discussed at a slightly greater length. Perhaps the best chapters are the ones that show Khrsuhchev's rise to power. From the position he held prior to Stalin's death, he seemed to be an unlikely leader. However, he quickly gained control and popularity attaining the leadership status. Much of the support Khrushchev gained was due the agricultural success he initiated under Stalin and his condemnation of Stalin's brutal leadership after Stalin's death. While Khrushchev did many positive things for the Soviet Union, the... Read more
I've read several books on Khrushchev. This is one is BY FAR the best...if your goal is to understand the basic politics of Khrushchev's decisions and era. Everything follows a straightforward pattern: here is a particular problem of the era, like agriculture; here is what Khrushchev did; here is why, including who advises him; here is what opposition existed and why; here is the public perception/popularity; here is the professional perception/popularity. It could not possibly be more straightforward.

If you're looking for a biography, this is not the book you want. But I cannot stress enough how incredibly practical this work is. It does not waste your time whatsoever, especially not with professional fluff like a foreword or filler. Almost all chapters are 5 to 8 pages long. I am not joking and I wish more books were the same.

Nothing else has helped me to understand the politics of Khrushchev anywhere near the level that this book did. I am just a young... Read more
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