THE NATION: The Long March

The U.S. saw Nikita Khrushchev and Nikita Khrushchev saw the U.S. All hopeful predictions about relaxing tensions to the contrary, the meeting turned out to be one of the grand confrontations of the cold war and of all time.

Khrushchev was tough, petulant, vital, bantering, implacable. The U.S. was calm, curious, confident, challenging. Khrushchev staked claim to rocket power and the inevitable acclaim of history. Millions of Americans, lining his route, countered with a crash of unapplauding silence more eloquent of unshaken resolution than batteries of rockets on the moon.

What Nikita Khrushchev really saw of the U.S. was next to...

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