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Molotov Remembers: Inside Kremlin Politics Paperback – 25 Sep 2007
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Eerily fascinating...Probably the best, most accurate and useful to histor insider account we will ever have. One does not so much read this book as engage in a one-on-one conversation with a major figure in a gigantic criminal organization.--Woodford McClellan "University Of Virginia "
An important book, the same way Mein Kampf or Mao's Red Book are important...grippingly vivid.--Arnold Beichman "The Washington Times "
Molotov Remembers is an important historical document which cannot be ignored by anyone who wishes to understand the mental climate of the Soviet regime.--Robert V. Daniels "The Russian Review "
Offers real insight into top level Stalinist politics...--The New York Times
Of the spate of memoirs published, the most valuable may be Molotov's...should be published in every language.--David Remnick, author of Lenin's Tomb
Molotov Remembers is a major contribution to the study of Soviet history, and it makes spellbinding reading to boot.... [T]his book certainly deserves the widest possible readership.--Gazelle
[This book] is an invaluable document.... Molotov's rigid doctrinaire approach, which allows the reader to get to know him as he really was, is the main attraction of the book.--Slavic Review
What is effectively conveyed by the conversations, however, is something generally more elusive and less palpable, namely, the world view of Molotov and, though Molotov's example, the categories and structures of Bolshevik thought in its Stalinist variant.--Political Science Quarterly
[The book] offers real insight into top-level Stalinist politics.--New York Times
A book worth reading to understand the inside struggle in erstwhile USSR.--U.S.I. Journal: India's Oldest Journal Of Defense Affairs
In conversations with the poet-biographer Felix Chuev, Molotov offers an incomparable view of the politics of Soviet society and the nature of Kremlin leadership under communism. Filled with startling insights and indelible portraits, the book is an historical source of the first order. "A mesmerizing and chilling chronicle." - "Kirkus Reviews".See all Product description
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The book shows Stalin's great achievements: solving the nationalities question, industrialisation, the collectivisation of agriculture, the defeat of Hitler. Molotov points out that the Soviet Union created "industrialisation by our own means, by our own manpower. We could not rely on foreign loans." He sums up the successes of the 1920s and 1930s: "In essence we were largely ready for the war. The five-year plans, the industrial capacity we had created - that's what helped us to endure, otherwise we wouldn't have won out." As he said, "Many things have been done wonderfully, but that is not enough."
Molotov was "a fighter for communism, Lenin's longest surviving comrade-in-arms." He was born in 1890. In 1912 he helped to found Pravda. In 1917 he joined the executive committee of the Petrograd Soviet of Workers' and Soldiers' Deputies. In October 1917 he became a member of the Military Revolutionary Committee which prepared the armed uprising in Petrograd.
In 1926 he became a member of the Politburo, where he worked till 1952. From 1930, when he became Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars, he helped to lead the drives for industrialisation and for collectivisation. He took a leading role in the fight to defeat the Fifth column. In May 1939 he was appointed Commissar for Foreign Affairs.
He was Deputy Chairman of the State Council of Defence throughout the Great Patriotic War (World War Two). In 1942 he signed the Anglo-Soviet Treaty of Alliance; he also secured Roosevelt and Churchill's agreement "To the urgent tasks of creating a second front in Europe in 1942." In 1943 he seconded Stalin at the Teheran Conference, and in 1945 he did the same at the Yalta and Potsdam Conferences. He represented the Soviet Union at the San Francisco Conference which founded the United Nations.
In 1957 the attempt to remove Krushchev was defeated and Molotov and the other Communists were expelled from the Central Committee. In 1962 he was expelled from the Party. In 1984 he was reinstated. He died in 1986.
Perhaps his epitaph should be what he said in 1976, "Properly speaking, what was Hitler's aggression? Wasn't it class struggle? It was. And the fact that atomic war may break out, isn't that class struggle? There is no alternative to class struggle. This is a very serious question. The be-all and end-all is not peaceful coexistence. After all, we have been holding on for some time, and under Stalin we held on to the point where the imperialists felt able to demand point-blank: either surrender such and such positions, or it means war. So far the imperialists haven't renounced that."
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