Russia: From the Cracker Barrel

One of the weapons that make Nikita Khrushchev such a formidable enemy is his extraordinary ability to mix threats of nuclear destruction with homespun homilies straight from the cracker barrel, all delivered with the jaunty air of a man who feels he has got the world on a string and enjoys yo-yoing it around. Last week, in a 4½-hour interview in his Kremlin office with New York Timesman Cyrus L. Sulzberger, Khrushchev was on top of the barrel:

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