If your last birthday cake was a fire hazard, it may fill you with genuine terror to realize that most college students today were not yet born when the Berlin Wall fell. Apart from reminding some of us to ask for the senior discount, the passage of time since the Soviet Union's dissolution poses a provocative question - now that the struggle between capitalism and communism no longer defines global politics, is the world an entirely different place? In his entertaining and unpretentious narration of diplomatic misadventures between the two superpowers at the height of the Cold War, Peter Carlson shows us things may not have changed as much as we think.
Carlson's book does not deliver, or even attempt, a rigorous consideration of the political dilemmas that defined the early 1960s. Instead, K Blows Top cuts straight to what the author knows best, journalism and journalists. Even the ...
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