The Man and His Era
By (author) Prof. William Taubman
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Khrushchev by Prof. William Taubman
Book DescriptionThe definitive biography of the mercurial Soviet leader who succeeded and denounced Stalin. Nikita Khrushchev was one of the most complex and important political figures of the twentieth century. Ruler of the Soviet Union during the first decade after Stalin's death, Khrushchev left a contradictory stamp on his country and on the world. His life and career mirror the Soviet experience: revolution, civil war, famine, collectivization, industrialization, terror, world war, cold war, Stalinism, post-Stalinism. Complicit in terrible Stalinist crimes, Khrushchev nevertheless retained his humanity: his daring attempt to reform communism prepared the ground for its eventual collapse; and his awkward efforts to ease the cold war triggered its most dangerous crises. This is the first comprehensive biography of Khrushchev and the first of any Soviet leader to reflect the full range of sources that have become available since the USSR collapsed. Combining a page-turning historical narrative with penetrating political and psychological analysis, this book brims with the life and excitement of a man whose story personified his era.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780393324846
(236mm x 157mm x 40mm)
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 25-May-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Prof. William Taubman
Khrushchev, Hardback (March 2003)
Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in Biography and the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography. The definitive biography of the mercurial Soviet leader who succeeded and denounced Stalin. "The book is a gift, as fascinating as it is important."-Robert Legvold, Foreign Affairs
Nikita Krushchev, Hardback (June 2000)
Thanks to Soviet secrecy, little was known about former premier Khrushchev during his career or after his ousting. Since the collapse of the USSR, archives have been declassified, allowing access to his memoirs and those of witnesses. A team including his son Sergei present their findings here.
Stalin's American Policy, Paperback (March 1985)» View all books by Prof. William Taubman
In a study focused on Soviet foreign policy from 1941 to 1953, political scientist William Taubman describes an intermediate stage of detente, designed to undermine Western interests, that Stalin reluctantly abandoned because he had failed to anticipate the hardening of American policy that his own tactics provoked.
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Author Biography - Prof. William Taubman
William Taubman is professor of political science at Amherst College and the author of Stalin's American Policy, Moscow Spring, and other books on the Soviet Union.
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