Death In The Kremlin: The New Command

To all appearances, Malenkov took power as smoothly as a new U.S. corporation president moving into the Old Man's office. Less than 24 hours after the announcing of Stalin's death came word of Malenkov's take-over—including a complex plan for revamping the top government and party machine. But there was an unmistakable note of urgency and apprehension in the air. "In this difficult time for our party and country," said Moscow Radio, "the most important task of the party and the government [is] to ensure the uninterrupted and correct leadership of the whole life...

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