Stephen Thorne chronicles the life of Soviet leader Nikita Khruschev in this revealing work by Alan Reid. Thorne's posh style provides an important contrast between Reid's descriptions, the ominous and foreboding soundtrack, and especially Michael Sheard, who gives a wonderfully brusque performance full of depth and character as the hard-nosed Khruschev. This is an illuminating document of a peasant who rose through the ranks of Soviet hierarchy to become a political commissar of Joseph Stalin and, eventually, leader of the Soviet Union and one of the key figures of the Cold War.
The part of Nikita Krushchev is played by Michael Sheard, with other parts played by Michael Burrell, Shirley Dixon, and Michael Kilgarriff.
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I probably did not pay attention to the length of the book when I bought this because I would not normally buy something so short. However I do not regret this because it was a very good dramatazation and gives a very different view of Khrushchev from the usual western view and propaganda. I learned that he was one of the greatest Soviet leaders who transformed their culture and civilization - Ending political assasinations, denouncing Poland, and engaging the western world in dialog more than any leader previously. Also freed the prisoners from the gulags in Siberia.
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