By Sergei Khrushchev

This is often the 3rd and final quantity of the one whole and entirely trustworthy English-language model of the memoirs of the Soviet chief Nikita Khrushchev. within the first volumes, released via Pennsylvania nation collage Press in 2005 and 2006, respectively, Khrushchev tells the tale of his upward thrust to energy and his half within the struggle opposed to Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union. He additionally discusses agriculture, the housing challenge, and different problems with household coverage, in addition to security and disarmament. This quantity is dedicated to foreign affairs. Khrushchev describes his dealings with international statesmen and his nation visits to Britain, the U.S., France, Scandinavia, India, Afghanistan, Burma, Egypt, and Indonesia. within the first half, Khrushchev talks approximately relatives among the Soviet Union and the Western powers. Of specific curiosity is his viewpoint at the Berlin, U-2, and Cuban missile crises. the second one half makes a speciality of the Communist world--above all, the deterioration of kin with China and the tensions in jap Europe, together with kin with Tito's Yugoslavia, Gomulka's Poland, and the 1956 Soviet intervention in Hungary. within the 3rd half, Khrushchev discusses the quest for allies within the 3rd international. The Appendixes comprise biographies, a bibliography and a chronology, and in addition the recollections of Khrushchev's leader bodyguard concerning the stopover at to the United countries in 1960 at which the well-known 'shoe-banging' incident occurred--or, probably, didn't ensue.

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The scene I observed was a surprising one, and it made a powerful impression on me. Khrushchev3 FM-90 2/12/07 8:12 AM Page 38 re l at i o n s w i t h t h e we st : t h e c o l d wa r down in pencil in his notebook, tear off a sheet, and put it in the president’s right hand. As the session went on Eisenhower was taking these small sheets of notepaper and reading them. It isn’t as though, once he read them, he drew some conclusions for himself and presented his own position. No, he very conscientiously, like a pupil in school, read out the notes from Dulles.

He felt it was necessary to establish contacts with the new leadership of the USSR before it was too late. Churchill suggested that the death of Stalin should be taken advantage of. The new Soviet leadership had not yet solidified, and it might be possible to come to an agreement with the new leaders, to put pressure on them, to force them to agree to certain conditions. A lot of material began to appear in the foreign press to the effect that the leaders of the four great powers ought to meet.

But that’s actually how things were. We didn’t have any complaints or claims to make against Austria, just as Austria had none against us. Our meetings took place in the shadow of the treaty that had been signed between our two countries, and our desire to ensure peace had been made clear in that document, as well as our desire for peaceful coexistence. All the speeches—at the banquet tables and at public meetings—expressed that same spirit. Then a trip through the country was organized for us.

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