Cold War: Nikita & the Capitalists

He called them "gentlemen capital ists," and only occasionally suggested that all capitalists are really robbers and cheats. Communist delegations from all over the world crowded into Moscow for the 46th anniversary celebrations of the Bolshevik Revolution. But Nikita Khrushchev devoted a total of seven hours to a traveling group of 20 top American executives (plus one educator) as if he found more challenge in their company.

On a European tour sponsored by TIME, the visitors first called on K. at the Kremlin. In the Oval Room, where the Soviet Council of...

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