K Blows Top: A Cold War Comic Interlude, Starring Nikita Khrushchev, America's Most Unlikely Tourist

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9781433279683: K Blows Top: A Cold War Comic Interlude, Starring Nikita Khrushchev, America's Most Unlikely Tourist

Khrushchev's 1959 trip across America was one of the strangest exercises in international diplomacy ever conducted, a surreal extravaganza, in which he befriended and offended a cast of characters including Nelson Rockefeller and Marilyn Monroe. K Blows Top is a work of history that reads like a Vonnegut novel.

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PETER CARLSON is a former journalist and feature writer for the Washington Post and People magazine. He is the author of Roughneck: The Life and Times of Big Bill Haywood and co-author with Hunter S. Thompson and George Plimpton, among others of The Gospel According to ESPN. He lives in Rockville, Maryland.

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Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev visited the U.S. in 1959, following a visit to Russia by then-Vice President Richard Nixon. K, as the headlines called him at the time, personified the evil threat of Communism to Americans. His visit provoked thousands of newspaper articles on the trip, and they form the basis of this entertaining and informative story about "inviting the enemy into our camp." Both the humorous and explosive sides of the Russian leader's personality give narrator Malcolm Hillgartner ample material for his clever impersonation and faux accent. A studied parody of Nixon's unmistakable muttering chimes in here and there as well. Hillgartner's appropriate humor and announcer's voice act like a tour guide to American life and politics during the Cold War of the 1950s. J.A.H. AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

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