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Khrushchev in Power: Unfinished Reforms, 1961-1964

Sergei Khrushchev, translated by George Shriver
Khrushchev in Power: Unfinished Reforms, 1961-1964
ISBN: 978-1-62637-032-6
2014/680 pages/LC: 2013022093

"This fast-paced, engaging narrative will appeal to students of the period as well as to general readers. A detailed and important account of Cold War Soviet Politics."—Library Journal

"A well-documented, fine-grained account of Nikita Khrushchev's domestic policies as he understood them. Sergei Khrushchev presents a treasure trove of new material.... a fascinating, intimate portrait of a controversial Soviet leader."—Dick Combs, author of Inside the Soviet Alternative Universe

"A wonderful storyteller, Sergei Khrushchev brings to life events from his father's tumultuous years ruling the Soviet Union. He also offers fresh insights into Nikita Khrushchev's thinking about policymaking. Readers will find a fantastic mix of Cold War history and domestic politics in this account of a time of economic reform, cultural liberalization, and political tension."—Kathleen E. Smith, Georgetown University


A full reckoning of Nikita Khrushchev's accomplishments and failures cannot be complete without looking beyond his foreign policy initiatives to assess his efforts to introduce domestic policy reforms in the Soviet Union. Sergei Khrushchev tells the full story of those efforts during the years immediately before his father's ouster—and of the intrigues and struggles for power that went along with them.

In many ways, as his son shows, the premier's reforms anticipated those that Deng Xiaoping successfully pursued later in China. But within only a few short years after he was forced to retire, they had been largely abandoned. Why that happened is one of the questions that Sergei Khrushchev seeks to answer in this book, as he draws on archival records, memoirs, and his own personal recollections to provide a comprehensive account of the 1961-1964 period. 


Sergei Khrushchev has been senior fellow in international studies at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies since 1991. He is author of Khrushchev on Khrushchev and Nikita Khrushchev and the Creation of a Superpower and editor of the three-volume Memoirs of Nikita Khrushchev.