Politics, Murder, and Love in Stalin's Kremlin: The Story of Nikolai Bukharin and Anna Larina

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Hoover Press, Sep 1, 2013 - Political Science - 196 pages
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Drawing from Hoover Institution archival documents, Paul Gregory sheds light on how the world's first socialist state went terribly wrong and why it was likely to veer off course through the tragic story of Stalin's most prominent victims: Pravda editor Nikolai Bukharin and his wife, Anna Larina.
 

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Contents

A Plea from Prison
1
A Husband Executed
6
Digging His Own Grave
9
Stalin Plays an Unlikely Cupid
14
Summer with Stalin 1927
16
You and I Are the Himalayas
19
Bukharin Fights Back
22
Pity Not Me
28
Dress Rehearsal for Arrest
92
Confrontations
99
I Will Begin a Hunger Strike
103
To a Future Generation
109
On the Whipping Post
110
For or Against the Death Penalty?
116
Arrest Warrant for Bukharin N I
119
Arrest and Parting
121

A Fifteen YearOld Coconspirator
30
To a New Catastrophe with Closed Eyes
33
Stalin Is Dangerous
37
Father and Daughter as Bolshevik Idealists
40
You Can Test the Nerves of an Elephant Bukhashka
44
A Second Fateful Meeting
47
Waterloo
49
The Woman on the Train
58
Removal from the Politburo
61
Chastened Schoolboys Drop In on the Boss
65
Bukharin Sinks to His Knees
66
With Anna in the Crimea
67
Overtaken by Insanities
70
Courtship Bad Omens and Marriage
72
Kirov Is Shot
75
Nadezhda Tries to Help
77
Humiliating Editor Bukharin
80
Bukharin Opts to Stay and Fight
83
What Accusers? Theyre Dead
86
Bukharin Grovels
90
Anna Larina Is Betrayed
123
Impossible Dream
125
Bukharins Cagey Confession
126
Anna Meets a New Widow
130
Twentyone on Trial
133
Papering over Bukharins Final Defiance
138
The Ultimate Payback A Ghastly Death
142
Annas Own Ordeal
144
Back from the Precipice
146
Advice from a Mass Murderer
148
Reunion with Iura
150
Rehabilitated by Old Men
153
A Special Specially Tardy Delivery
158
Bukharin Stalin and the Bolshevik Revolution
160
notes
167
cast of characters
179
about the author
185
index
187
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Paul R. Gregory, a Hoover Institution research fellow, holds an endowed professorship in the Department of Economics at the University of Houston, Texas, and is a research professor at the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin. The holder of a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University, he is the author or coauthor of twelve books and many articles on economic history, the Soviet economy, transition economies, comparative economics, and economic demography including Lenin’s Brain and Other Tales from the Secret Soviet Archives (Hoover Institution Press, 2008), The Political Economy of Stalinism (2004), Before Command: The Russian Economy from Emancipation to Stalin (1994), Restructuring the Soviet Economic Bureaucracy (1990, reissued 2006), and Russian National Income, 1885–1913 (1982, reissued 2005). He has edited Behind the Fašade of Stalin's Command Economy (2001) and The Economics of Forced Labor: The Soviet Gulag (2003), both published by Hoover Institution Press and summarizing his research group's work on the Soviet state and party archives. His publications based on work in the Hoover Institution Archives have been awarded the Hewett Book Prize and the J.M. Montias Prize for the best article in the Journal of Comparative Economics. The research of his Hoover Soviet Archives Research Project team is summarized in part in "Allocation under Dictatorship: Research in Stalin's Archive" (coauthored with Hoover fellow Mark Harrison), published in the Journal of Economic Literature.

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