A Letter From The Publisher, Oct. 10, 1960

Nikita Khrushchev clumped off the Baltika on his arrival in the United States, he looked at the crowd waiting on the dingy East River pier, saw a somewhat camouflaged familiar face and, with a steely grin, stroked his chin. This was the Soviet boss's wordless greeting to a man he recognized as a member of the press corps, TIME'S Moscow Bureau Chief Edmund Stevens. Since Khrushchev had last seen him, Stevens, while on vacation. had grown a rusty beard. Later, in a bantering mood, Khrushchev likened the beard to Pushkin's, and predicted that Stevens...

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