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...
Beyond the Book
Vice president Richard Nixon spars with Nikita Khrushchev during the former's visit to Moscow.
On the set of the film Can-Can
, Shirley MacLaine and Frank Sinatra gave the communist dictator a taste of good old fashioned American titillation.
K and wife Nina pose with the family of Iowa corn farmer Robert Garst whose deft salesmanship influenced the...