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Nikita Khrushchev Hardcover – May, 2000
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Until now, Nikita Khrushchev has been largely regarded as a historical bridge from Stalin to Gorbachev. This book, edited by Taubman (Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science at Amherst Coll.), Khrushchev's son Sergei (Brown Univ.), and others sets out to clarify the role Khrushchev played in advancing the USSR to superpower status. When Gorbachev lifted the stigma from the study of Khrushchev in the 1980s and state archives were opened, the operative question changed from why he failed to what made him the Soviet leader. In most recent work about Soviet history, such as Martin Malia's Russia Under Western Eyes (LJ 2/1/99), Gregory Freeze's Russia: A History (LJ 5/1/98), and Robert Service's A History of Twentieth-Century Russia (LJ 3/1/98), Khrushchev is given little space, so this book fills a void in Soviet studies. It lacks readability, however, as the writing varies from author to author. The subject matter is more or less interesting, depending on your knowledge of recent Soviet history. Recommended for Soviet history collections.
-Harry Willems, Southeast Kansas Lib. System
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