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In his “Secret Speech” of February 1956 Nikita Khrushchev
accused Joseph Stalin of immense crimes. Khrushchev’s speech was
a body blow from which the worldwide communist movement never
recovered. It changed the course of history.
The Evidence That
Every “Revelation” of Stalin’s
(and Beria’s) Crimes
in Nikita Khrushchev’s
Infamous “Secret Speech” to
the 20th Party Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union on
February 25, 1956, is Provably False
Grover Furr has spent a decade studying the flood of documents from
formerly secret Soviet archives published since the end of the USSR. In
this detailed study of Khrushchev's speech he reveals the astonishing
results of his research: Not a single one of Khrushchev's "revelations"
The most influential speech of the 20th century—if not of all
time—a dishonest swindle? The very thought is monstrous; the
implications for our understanding of Left history—immense.
Basing their work on Khrushchev’s lies, Soviet and Western
historians, including Trotskyists and anticommunists, have effectively
Virtually everything we thought we knew about the Stalin years turns
out to be wrong. The history of the USSR, and of the communist movement
of the 20th century, must be completely rewritten.
Reviews and Comments on Khrushchev Lied
is a marvelous piece of work, formidable in
its research and reasoning, clear and precise in its writing, and
breathtaking in its findings and implications. Revisiting old sources
and using new material from the Soviet archives, Grover Furr's study
demands a complete rethinking of Soviet history, socialist history,
indeed world history of the 20th century.”
- Roger Keeran, Empire
co-author of Socialism Betrayed:
Behind the Collapse of the Soviet Union.
“Grover Furr has performed a valuable service to the
Soviet studies by grappling in depth with Nikita Khrushchev’s
Secret Speech of 1956. … While some of the charges
Khrushchev made have long been rejected in the West and in Russia, for
example the idea that secret police chief Lavrenty Beria was a foreign
agent, many other points Grover Furr raises are new and worthy of a
great deal more attention.”
Robert W. Thurston, Phillip R. Shriver Professor of History, Miami
University; author of Life and Terror in
Stalin's Russia, 1934-1941.
has written an
intriguing book that challenges
much of the existing historiography of the Stalinist 1930s. His
insights and the sources he brings to bear question many of the views
held by historians for decades and deserve our consideration. This book
raises issues and questions that most scholars in the West today would
not and does so in a sober and penetrating manner. He reaches
fascinating conclusions, debunking much of what we thought we knew
about the Stalinist era. … The translation of this
pathbreaking work, which has already made quite a splash in
Russia’s academic circles, into English is long
Jeff Jones, Associate Professor of History, University of North
Carolina at Greensboro; author of Everyday
Life and the
"Reconstruction" of Soviet Russia During and After the Great Patriotic
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About the Author
Russian language and literature as a teenager and became interested in
Soviet history about a decade later. He has conducted extensive
research on the Stalin period of Soviet history, on and off since the
1970s, and intensely for the past decade. To read his research, as well
as interviews in which he explains his research more throughly, visit
page. Furr teaches in the
English Department at Montclair State University. He has a Ph.D.
in Medieval Comparative Literature from Princeton University.