Nation: Read All About It!

Snow flurries and the November wind made the days bitter with cold, but crowds still clustered around Moscow's hundreds of outdoor bulletin boards to pore over the tacked-up tearsheets from Izvestia, the Soviet government's official newspaper. Never before had Russia's citizenry been exposed to such a story: an interview with the President of the U.S., giving the American viewpoint on the cold war and detailing how the Soviet Union was endangering the peace.

Before his interview with Izvestia's Editor Aleksei I. Adzhubei, who is also Khrushchev's son-in-law. President Kennedy made a deliberate decision to speak quietly, without bombast or belligerence. As...

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