Marvin Kalb - The Year I Was Peter the Great: 1956 — Khrushchev, Stalin's Ghost, and a Young American in Russia

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Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm

1956 is known in Russia as “the year of the thaw” for the anti-communist uprisings that followed Khrushchev’s denunciation of Stalin. That year, Kalb was a diplomatic attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, and he witnessed the surge of hope that greeted Khrushchev’s speech, as well as the brutal suppression of the risings. His new book recounts the many conversations he had with students, working people, and even Khrushchev himself—who dubbed Kalb “Peter the Great”—as Kalb traveled throughout the Soviet Union. Then a doctoral candidate, Kalb went on to a career that has included more than a dozen books, most recently, Imperial Gamble, and stints as a network news correspondent with NBC and CBS. He’s currently a senior adviser to the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and a senior fellow nonresident at Brookings.

 

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