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  1. Molotov Remembers: Inside Kremlin Politics
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  2. Molotov Remembers: Inside Kremlin Politics

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During the seventy years of Soviet communism, after Lenin and Stalin no person occupied a higher position over a longer period of time than V. M. Molotov. Lenin and Stalin left no memoirs; now we have Molotov Remembers. These memoirs, in the form of conversations with the poet-biographer Felix Chuev over seventeen years before Molotov's death in 1986, offer an incomparable view of the politics of Soviet society and the nature of Kremlin leadership under communism. Beginning with his early revolutionary activities, Molotov recounts his comradeship with Lenin, the Bolshevik seizure of power, and the perilous years of Soviet rule. First at Lenin's then at Stalin's right hand, premier and then foreign minister, he offers startling insights into the New Economic Policy; the collectivization of peasant farms and the liquidation of the kulaks; the repression of "counterrevolutionaries" in the late 1930s; the making of the Nazi-Soviet pact; World War II diplomacy with the Allies; the Soviet takeover of Eastern Europe; and the rise and fall of Khrushchev. His portraits of an indomitable Lenin; a crafty, brutal, and ultimately paranoiac Stalin; and a host of other Soviet leaders are indelibly drawn from firsthand experience. Molotov Remembers is not only a major publishing event but a historical source of the highest order, throwing fight on the politics and psychology of the most influential episode of the twentieth century.

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Country
USA
Author
Molotov V. M.
Binding
Hardcover
Brand
Brand: Ivan R. Dee
EAN
9781566630276
Edition
1
Feature
Used Book in Good Condition
ISBN
1566630274
Label
Ivan R. Dee, Publisher
Manufacturer
Ivan R. Dee, Publisher
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
463
PublicationDate
1993-08-28
Publisher
Ivan R. Dee, Publisher
SKU
VI-1566630274
Studio
Ivan R. Dee, Publisher
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

If you are interested in Russian/Soviet History this book gives a great insight into one of the MAIN characters of the 20th century...and he is not ashamed of his actions...He lived a long life and was mentally active until the end....Likely he is telling "HIS" version of things but what is unique about this book is that Molotov met with Felic Chuev over a period of 17 years and answered most questions .... Molotov is filtered by Felix Chuev and I believe is as close to an Autobiography we can get....Most high level Communists did not believe in writing Memoirs .... not until the 1980's did such books appear.........
Notes from his softball questioning by another Stalin true-believer. Molotov provides more details than one really wants to know about the Stalin years without ever discussing in detail the Ukrainian famine, Great Purge and the lesser purges of the post WWII period. Nevertheless it provides a useful insight into how probably Stalin viewed himself (as a dedicated Leninist defending Communism from an army of heretics).
On the one hand it is interesting to see history from the perspective of someone who was making it and the reasons and justifications of the many events that took place. It was also interesting to try and understand the complex society that was trying to be created. It is so complex that only Lenin, Stalin and Molotov understood what was trying to be accomplished. On the other hand the book was putting lipstick on a pig. The revolution and the creation of the USSR was created at the barrel of a gun held by the most vicious and barbarous thugs imaginable. Stalin made Hitler look like a boy scout and this was completely glossed over with Molotov singing the praises of the great leader and the interviewer letting him get away by Molotov's acknowledging "errors" and "going too far" when talking about the millions of innocent people he and Stalin had liquidated. Molotov gives the impression that this type of slaughter was necessary to create some type of utopian... Read more
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