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Review Article

From Stalin to Gorbachev: Reflections on the Personality of Leaders in Soviet History

IAN D. THATCHERa1

a1 School of English, History and Politics, University of Ulster, Coleraine; I.Thatcher@ulster.ac.uk.

Sarah Davies and James Harris, eds., Stalin: A New History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005), 295 pp., £20.99 (pb), ISBN 0521616530.

Nikita Khrushchev, Memoirs of Nikita Khrushchev, Volume 1: Commissar (1918–1945), ed. Sergei Khrushchev, trans. George Shriver (memoirs) and Stephen Shenfield (supplementary material) (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2004), 935 pp., $61.95 (hb), ISBN 0271023325.

Nikita Khrushchev, Memoirs of Nikita Khrushchev, Volume 2: Reformer (1945–1964), ed. Sergei Khrushchev, trans. George Shriver (memoirs) and Stephen Shenfield (supplementary material) (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2006), 856 pp., $72.95 (hb), ISBN 0271028610.

Nikita Khrushchev, Memoirs of Nikita Khrushchev, Volume 3: Statesman (1953–1964), ed. Sergei Khrushchev, trans. George Shriver (memoirs) and Stephen Shenfield (supplementary material) (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2007), 1126 pp., $65.00 (hb), ISBN 0271029351.

Robert Service, Stalin: A Biography (Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2004), 715 pp., $19.95 (pb), ISBN 0674022580.

Vladislav M. Zubok, A Failed Empire: The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev (Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 2007), 467 pp., $39.95 (hb), ISBN 0807830987.

Ian D. Thatcher is Professor in History at the University of Ulster, Coleraine. He has published widely on the Russian revolution, including Trotsky (2003), Late Imperial Russia: Problems and Prospects (2005), and Reinterpreting Revolutionary Russia (2006).