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Author: William Taubman Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781415961957

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For the generations who lived through the '60s, Nikita Khrushchev left an indelible legacy when he banged his shoe on a United Nations podium. Beyond this memorable image, Taubman's biography demonstrates the Janus-faced leader's enormous breadth. Khrushchev was one of Stalin's three closest political cronies, yet in 1956 he exposed Stalin's crimes to the Party congress.

Although Khrushchev sent thousands of Russians to prison and to execution, he nonetheless "de-Stalinized" Russia. As Leon Aron writes, "He was crude, dogmatic and merciless; also generous, public-spirited and forgiving." Taubman exploits a rich store of American and Russian archival materials to develop his portrait of a leader who sincerely believed in the reformative power of Communism yet brutally repressed his opponents, and masterfully sets him in the context of his times.

"Taubman's thorough and nuanced account is the first full-length American biography of Khrushchev—and will likely be the definitive one for a long time."—Publishers Weekly

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  • Winner of the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography
  • Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Biography/Autobiography

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About the Author

William Taubman is the Bertrand Snell Professor emeritus of political science at Amherst College. His biography, Khrushchev: The Man and His Era, won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

About the Narrator

Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has played several thousand characters during his career, over one hundred of them in theater and film. He is primarily heard as an audiobook narrator, having recorded well over five hundred full-length books. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award for Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman and six AudioFile Earphones Awards. He was named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine. He holds an MFA in theater from the University of Southern California.