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

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The 15th book from acclaimed journalist Marvin Kalb, entitled The Year I Was Peter the Great, is a memoir focused on one tumultuous year, 1956. Kalb was then a 26-year-old Russian-speaking graduate student assisting the American ambassador as a translator at the US embassy in Moscow. As Kruschev’s shocking, year-long campaign of de-Stalinization unfolded, Kalb was there as an eyewitness, meeting Russians of all types, assessing their attitudes and opinions, and watching them size up their American visitor too. This is a fascinating and highly entertaining  story about a momentous year in Russian history -- one especially relevant in the era of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.

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ISBN: 9780815731610
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Published: Brookings Institution Press - October 10th, 2017

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