From the Publisher: Oct 1 1990

In November 1969 Strobe Talbott, then working on his thesis at Oxford, was summoned by TIME's Moscow bureau chief, Jerrold Schecter, for whom Talbott had worked as an intern the previous summer, and handed a pile of Russian typescript to translate. "After reading several pages," says Talbott, now editor at large, "I knew that I had in my hands one of the most fascinating and unusual documents ever to emerge from the Soviet Union." The papers, published in 1970 as the book Khrushchev Remembers, were transcripts of tapes recorded by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in forced retirement.

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