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Khrushchev Lied: The Evidence That Every "Revelation" of Stalin's (and Beria's) Crimes in Nikita Khrushchev's Infamous "Secret Speech" to the 20th Party Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union on February 25, 1956, is Provably False Paperback – 2011


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  • Paperback: 426 pages
  • Publisher: Erythros Press and Media, LLC (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061544105X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615441054
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is in three parts.
William Podmore
More to the point, even a very hostile reader of this book, that is honest with his or her self, will have to admit, that the evidence is in Furr's favor.
Intelligitimate
This Furr's work shows that all 61 Khrushchev's charges vs Stalin are simply false.
Davide Spagnoli

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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Alfonso Casal on January 19, 2014
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There are certain assumptions one can make, with a high degree of certainty, regarding Grover Furr’s "Khrushchev Lied." The first is that, had Furr written a similar book in any area of historical specialization other than Soviet-era studies, "Khrushchev Lied" would be immediately hailed as a work of major significance. Had Furr succeeded in proving that Thomas More’s biography of Richard III was pure invention and that, far from being Shakespeare’s resentful deformed villain, Richard was a kindly and benevolent monarch; or had Furr demonstrated that Tacitus consciously twisted his account of the Julio-Claudians in order to willfully defame the first Roman emperors; had Furr, in short, managed to definitively prove that a major historical source, one on which the interpretation of an entire epoch is often based, was fraudulent, Furr and his book would have been catapulted to the center of scholarly debate. There would have been workshops and symposia; indeed, a special issue of the American Historical Review would have likely been printed, featuring essays arguing pro and con Furr’s findings. Needless to say, that has not been the case, for the simple reason that Furr’s book deals with Soviet history, specifically with the history of the Stalin period; and here different rules apply.

Despite the advance praise for "Khrushchev Lied" offered by Soviet-era specialists such as Robert Thurston and Lars Lih, one searches in vain for any scholarly journal reviewing the book. Indeed, aside from comments posted on online political blogs, of both Left and Right, it would appear that the historical profession has chosen to ignore Khrushchev Lied. This is the second assumption one could have safely made.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Davide Spagnoli on February 3, 2014
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When I bought it I was very skeptical because it seems that about this issue there's no more to say, but Grover Furr shows that instead there's a lot both to say and to research. After you read this book you realize that everything you heard about this issue from the media is only propaganda, and nothing more that a bunch of lies.
This Furr's work shows that all 61 Khrushchev's charges vs Stalin are simply false. Khrushchev Lied! gives a lot of answers but it set a lot of questions too: the first, that runs over all the book, how did it possible that a huge lie like that Khrushchev one, arrived untuoched 'till our days?
Everyone interested in the Stalin's era must read this open minded work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Halfpenny on September 13, 2014
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An easy read and very interesting
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24 of 37 people found the following review helpful By William Podmore on September 22, 2011
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This book is in three parts. In the first part, Furr examines every one of Khrushchev's 61 allegations in the light of the documentary evidence, mostly primary sources from the former Soviet archives. In the second part Furr discusses some of the conclusions that follow from this study. The third part presents the fuller quotations from the sources.

Furr writes, "According to the Pospelov report, arrests dropped hugely, by over 90% in 1939 and 1940 in comparison to 1937 and 1938. Executions in 1939 and 1940 dropped to far less than 1% of the levels of mass executions in 1937 and 1938. Beria took over as head of the NKVD in December, 1938, so this corresponds precisely with Beria's period in command. Khrushchev, therefore, knew of this, but omitted it from the `Secret Speech' and so concealed it from his audience. It was during the Beria years that trials and executions of men convicted of illegal repressions, mass killings, torture, and falsifications took place. Many - certainly more than 100,000 - persons wrongly repressed were released from GULAG camps and prisons. Khrushchev knew, and concealed, this too."

Furr presents the evidence that Khrushchev's allegation that Stalin had a breakdown when the Nazis invaded was, as the Medvedevs wrote, `a complete fabrication'.

He also presents the evidence that Khrushchev's allegation that Stalin was a bad commander was also wrong. Marshals Zhukov, Vasilevsky and Golovanov all testified that Stalin was a very competent military leader.

Marshal Zhukov wrote, "It seems to me that the matter of the defense of the country in its basic, broadest outlines and directions was carried out correctly. During a period of many years, in economic and social terms, everything, or nearly everything, was done that was possible.
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93 of 143 people found the following review helpful By Bryan on September 9, 2012
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This book was thrusted upon me by a close friend with whom I had exchanged spirited debates about Stalin and WWII. After sitting on my nightstand for months, I took a close look at the book and contents. I continued from there to read it from start to finish with close attention to footnotes and attention to both the general Soviet and subsequent revisionist lines on most points.

I have a degree in history from Harvard, and substantial social science work and doctoral work since then. I'm not a professional historian. So I do not characterize my following criticism as definitive. But I offer the above credentials in order to plead that the following is based on sound training. To Wit:

I've rarely (OK, "never") run across such a poorly organized or ill-conceived book. The point-by-point refutation of Kruschev's "Secret Speech" starts out strong, but ends as spuriously as the speech itself - with facts buried and ignored. As long as you have no knowledge of history, or desire to dig deeper, the overall story sounds compelling. This is, in a quite literal sense, as much a snow-job as Furr tries to make Khrushchev speech appear.

Well-understood and accepted facts are hidden to minimize Stalin's involvement in many of the points Furr refutes. In particular I refer to his points and passages on the Purges. He ignores and overlooks so much documented fact that it becomes painful to read; much like a holocaust denier.

Another element that will repel those familiar with history is the way Zhukov's suppression is treated. In Furr's view, he badly defrauded the state and was justly punished - no more to be said. In fact he was guilty of only bring home war trophies.
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