• Chapter 1 describes the beginning of the end.
• The year is 1964 and Khrushchev comes under strong criticism and opposition.
• Khrushchev makes it clear that he is not ashamed of his work.
• His career has assumed that friends would take over his various positions within the government.
• Khrushchev's first 14 years of desperate poverty in the southern Russia village of his birth.
• Taubman uses sources to discuss Khrushchev's childhood
• Khrushchev's mother's sharp reaction to her failed husband and promising son contribute to Khrushchev's need for power.
• Khrushchev began his working life as a metalworker, married, began a family, and was introduced to radical politics.
• He was prosperous and happy in these years; Khrushchev seems an unlikely Bolshevik.
• Politics begin diverting him from education that could have made him a successful engineer or manager.
• Without education, he will never respect himself or possess the sophistication to deal with people...
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