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Khrushchev: The Man and His Era
WILLIAM TAUBMAN

Khrushchev: The Man and His Era by William Taubman
86 reviews (2003) (908p)
Pulitzer Prize for Biography Winner
National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography Winner
New York TimesĀ® Best Nonfiction Books
ALA Notable Books - Nonfiction Finalist

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Book Description
Shortlisted for the National Books Critics Circle Award: "The book is a gift, as fascinating as it is important."—Robert Legvold, Foreign Affairs

The 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.


William Taubman Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 3  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 1  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 1 Khrushchev: The Man and His Era ·  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 1 Khrushchev: The Man and His Era ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 1 Khrushchev: The Man and His Era ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 1 Khrushchev: The Man and His Era ·  
National Book Award Wins 0  
National Book Award Nominations 0  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 0  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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