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The year I was Peter the Great:
1956, Khrushchev, Stalin's Ghost, and a young American in Russia.

The American journalist and scholar Marvin Kalb, stationed in the Soviet Union in 1956, describes his experiences there, the Soviet people, intellectual freedom and the Soviet system.

Someone writes to Amazon that Kalb "provided great insight into the Year of the Thaw, 1956, particularly sharing the insights he gained from ordinary Russian people."

Someone else: "For Russophiles, it is red meat, especially today."

It's about the Bolshevik attempt to protect its revolution through control of education and the media and Khrushchev's attempt to loosen it up a bit. Some might describe Stalin as having tried to make devotion to the revolution as dogmatic as the old Orthodox faith.