Memoirs of Nikita Khrushchev: Volume 1, Commissar, 1918-1945

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Nikita Khrushchev’s proclamation from the floor of the United Nations that "we will bury you" is one of the most chilling and memorable moments in the history of the Cold War, but from the Cuban Missile Crisis to his criticism of the Soviet ruling structure late in his career the motivation for Khrushchev’s actions wasn’t always clear. Many Americans regarded him as a monster, while in the USSR he was viewed at various times as either hero or traitor. But what was he really like, and what did he really think? Readers of Khrushchev’s memoirs will now be able to answer these questions for themselves (and will discover that what Khrushchev really said at the UN was "we will bury colonialism").

This is the first volume of three in the only complete and fully reliable version of the memoirs available in English. In this volume, Khrushchev recounts how he became politically active as a young worker in Ukraine, how he climbed the ladder of power under Stalin to occupy leading positions in Ukraine and then Moscow, and how as a military commissar he experienced the war against the Nazi invaders. He vividly portrays life in Stalin's inner circle and among the generals who commanded the Soviet armies.

Khrushchev’s sincere reflections upon his own thoughts and feelings add to the value of this unique personal and historical document. Included among the Appendixes is Sergei Khrushchev’s account of how the memoirs were created and smuggled abroad during his father’s retirement.

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table_of_contents The memoirs -- The beginning of the road -- A little about myself -- The fourteenth party conference -- A few words about the NEP -- The fourteenth party congress -- The move to Kharkov -- The move to Kiev -- At the industrial academy -- Personal acquaintance with Stalin -- Moscow workdays -- The Kirov assassination -- Son consequences of the Kirov assassination -- In Ukraine again -- Ukraine-Moscow (crossroad of the 1930s) -- The second world war approaches -- The beginning of the second world war -- Events on the eve of war -- The great patriotic war -- The difficult summer of 1941 -- People and events of Summer and Fall 1941 -- 1942: from winter to summer -- By the ruins of Stalingrad -- Turn of the tide at Stalingrad -- The road to Rostov -- Before the battle of Kursk and at its beginning -- To the Dnieper! -- Kiev is ours again! -- We liberate Ukraine -- Forward to victory! -- Postwar reflections -- The far east after the great patriotic war -- War memoirs.
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title Memoirs of Nikita Khrushchev Volume 1, Commissar, 1918-1945
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