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Khrushchev On Khrushchev
Khrushchev On Khrushchev
By Sergei Khrushchev
Little, Brown, 1990, 423 pp

This affectionate memoir by his son enlarges our knowledge of the former Soviet leader's personality, of the conspiracy that overthrew him, and of the cat-and-mouse game with the KGB after his forced retirement. It leaves no doubt about the authenticity of the two volumes of Khrushchev's memoirs published some years ago in the West, but leaves intact the mystery of how the tapes or manuscripts were spirited out of the U.S.S.R. The editor, William Taubman, adds explanatory notes, many of which consist of the author's written answers to specific questions on how and why certain critical decisions were made.