COLD WAR: That Certain Smile

Few if any marital debating tricks are quite so outrageously effective as that of goading a spouse to near frenzy, then coolly inquiring: "For goodness' sake, what are you shouting about?" Last week Nikita Khrushchev elevated this domestic ploy to a diplomatic technique.

While Western leaders from Camp David to Bad Godesberg sought ways to cope with his threats to Berlin, Khrushchev called a press conference in the Sverdlov Hall of the Great Kremlin Palace to explain that he had been grievously misunderstood. Nattily turned out in a dark business suit enlivened...

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