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Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1985. Presumed First English Language Edition, first printing. Trade paperback. Format is approximately 5 inches by 6.5 inches. 246,  pages. Footnotes. Illustrations. Cover has some wear and soiling, and sticker. Alexey Ivanovich Sorokin born 1922 is a retired Soviet Admiral of the Fleet and former member of the Council of Peoples Deputies. Sorokin joined the Red Army in 1941 and served as a mortar operator. He was promoted to lieutenant, commanding a mortar battery and fought during the liberation of Belarusian and with the Baltic Front. After the war, Sorokin studied at the Lenin Military-Political Academy between 1948 and 1952. After graduating Sorokin was posted to the Navy. In 1959 he became base political officer at Sovetskaya Gavan. Sorokin became chief political officer of the Northern Fleet in 1974 and was promoted to vice admiral in 1975. He became chief political officer of the Soviet Navy in 1980 and deputy chief political officer of the Soviet armed forces in 1981. He was promoted to Admiral of the Fleet in 1988 and retired in 1992.
Moscow: Novosti, 1992. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. In Russian. 2 volumes. Volume 1, 412,  pages. Volume 2, 412,  pages. Index. Illustrations. First volume is signed by the author. Dmitri Antonovich Volkogonov (22 March 1928 – 6 December 1995) was a Soviet/Russian historian and colonel general who was head of the Soviet military's psychological warfare department. After research in secret Soviet archives, he published biographies of Joseph Stalin and Vladimir Lenin, among others. Despite being a committed Stalinist and Marxist–Leninist ideologue for most of his career, Volkogonov came to repudiate communism and the Soviet system before his death from cancer in 1995. Through his research in the restricted archives, Volkogonov discovered facts that contradicted the Soviet version of events, and the cult of personality that had been built up around Lenin and Stalin. Volkogonov published books that contributed to liberal Russian thought that emerged during Glasnost in the late 1980s and the post-Soviet era of the early 1990s.