Please join the Harriman Institute for a discussion of The Lost Khrushchev: A Journey into the Gulag of the Russian Mind (Tate Publishing, 2014) by Nina Khrushcheva, associate professor of International Affairs at the New School, with Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University, and author of To Move the World: JFK’s Quest for Peace (Random House, 2013); moderated by Kimberly Marten, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science, Barnard College.
The Lost Khrushchev: A Journey Into the Gulag of the Russian Mind is the result of Nina Khrushcheva’s determination to unravel accusations that Nikita Khrushchev’s oldest son Leonid—the author’s grandfather—was a traitor to Russia during World War II, accusations that, she finds, are greatly wrapped up in political criticisms against her great-grandfather Nikita. The book is a window into Leonid’s nonconformist life and battlefield death at age 25, when his fighter plane was shot down in 1943. It also contributes to the larger narrative of modern Russia, of a people still too easily swayed by the siren’s song of strongmen, be it Joseph Stalin or Vladimir Putin, Stalin’s ideological successor.
The event commemorates the 50th anniversary of Nikita Khrushchev’s October 14, 1964 ouster from the Kremlin.
Nina L. Khrushcheva is associate professor of International Affairs at the New School. She is a member of Council on Foreign Relations and has written for Newsweek, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times and other publications. Her books include Imagining Nabokov: Russia Between Art and Politics.
Listen to a podcast of this event here (scroll down the list to find it).