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Author: Григоренко, П. Г. 1907-1987. ; P G Grigorenko
Publisher: New York : Norton, ©1982.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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These memoirs recount the full life and times of the only Soviet general ever exiled, a man familiar with power and with those who wielded it at the top of the Soviet hierarchy. Grigorenko was born in the Ukraine in 1907. As a youth he witnessed the atrocities of the Reds and Whites as the revolution flamed into civil war - events recorded with stunning authenticity. Drawn to the ideals of communism, he became a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: P G Grigorenko; P G Grigorenko; Petr Grigor'evich Grigorenko; Pëtr Grigorʹevič Grigorenko
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Григоренко, П. Г. 1907-1987. ; P G Grigorenko
ISBN: 039301570X 9780393015706
OCLC Number: 8432355
Description: x, 462 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1: The falcon responds to the lure --
I did not have a childhood --
I learn of my nationality --
"To be cooked in the workers' pot" --
A new "pot" --
A profession for life --
Vitebsk --
2: The flight of the trained falcon --
Minsk fortified area --
The general staff academy --
The Far East --
Intelligence summary number eight --
The war begins --
1941-43 --
Unexpected rest --
The fourth Ukrainian front --
The war ends --
A decisive turning point --
The Frunze military academy --
3: The falcon casts off his hood --
My dash to freedom --
For the rebirth of Leninism --
The Serbsky institute --
First swallows of freedom --
Feeling my way --
Guerrilla warfare --
Head-on battle --
Under siege --
Psychoprison --
No rest for us --
Far from home.
Responsibility: Petro G. Grigorenko ; translated by Thomas P. Whitney.

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These memoirs recount the full life and times of the only Soviet general ever exiled, a man familiar with power and with those who wielded it at the top of the Soviet hierarchy. Grigorenko was born in the Ukraine in 1907. As a youth he witnessed the atrocities of the Reds and Whites as the revolution flamed into civil war - events recorded with stunning authenticity. Drawn to the ideals of communism, he became a party member in 1927, a loyal officer in the Red Army during the 1930s, and, as a general in World War II, a much decorated hero. It was after the death of Stalin that Grigorenko found himself menacingly at odds with Soviet regime. Unable to remain silent about the injustices he saw around him, he moved into open opposition to many of Khrushchev's policies. That was more than a totalitarian state would permit. In 1964 he was stripped of his rank and imprisoned in a "special" psychiatric hospital. When released, like fellow celebrated dissidents Bucofsky, Sakharov, and others, he was kept under constant surveillance. In 1969 he was incarcerated again for 5 yeas, and in 1977, while visiting the United States with his wife, his Soviet citizenship was revoked. Living in exile he wrote this unique inside view of Soviet history, the vigor, honesty, and passion of which is reminiscent of the great Russian novels.

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