COLD WAR: The Scout

Precisely at 3 o'clock one afternoon last week, a Comet 4 jetliner landed at Moscow's Vrukovo Airport and began to disgorge a troop of Britons incongruously decked out in Russian-style fur hats, rented from London's famed provider of borrowed finery, Moss Bros. As the visitors emerged into the unseasonable warmth (41°), a Soviet honor guard sprang to attention, bayonets flashing in the sunlight, and a military band broke into God Save the Queen. Beaming broadly, Nikita Khrushchev doffed his own beaver hat and told Prime Minister Harold Macmillan: "We welcome you to...

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