Cold War: Back in Uniform

To the rostrum in the Kremlin's Great Hall waddled a stumpy figure in the dark green of a Soviet lieutenant general and sporting a chestful of medals. Sure enough, it was Nikita Khrushchev, epigrammatist, agriculturist, commissar, statesman—and now, it seemed, officially a war hero. It was the 20th anniversary of Hitler's invasion of Russia. According to the new history of World War II just off the press, none other than Nikita pressed Stalin in vain to change his tactics before the Nazis attacked in 1941. And who saved Stalingrad? "Great meritorious service...

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