Love in the Time of Cold War

I'll cherish that love till I die. It was one of the odder subplots of the late cold-war era: in April 1986, a New Yorker named Joseph Mauri became a Moscow media celebrity as the main character in The Man From Fifth Avenue, a 90-minute Soviet television documentary about poverty in New York. Homeless and jobless, Mauri was the embodiment of American capitalism's indifference to the poor; in August 1986 the KGB hauled him on a month-long, all-expenses-paid propaganda tour of Soviet cities, where he collected petition signatures "to protect ordinary Americans evicted from their homes." Thousands of Russians sent...

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