The Press: Unlucky Pierre

It was U.S. Presidential Press Secretary Pierre Emil George Salinger's first trip to Russia, and he had come with commissions of the utmost gravity: to improve communications between the world's two leading powers and to arrange a swap of television appearances between his boss and the boss of all the Russians, Nikita Khrushchev. Alas for unlucky Pierre—he never had a chance. From the moment he was met by Aleksei Adzhubei, editor of Izvestia and Khrushchev's son-in-law, the swart, short, 36-year-old ex-reporter from San Francisco found himself up to his cigar butt in fast...

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