Foreign News: The Wrecker

One moment Nikita Khrushchev was in a rage, with cords standing out in his neck, his face reddened, veins throbbing in his temple, and words rasping out to the accompaniment of table-pounding thumps of his fist. The next, he was all nuzzling friendliness, apple-cheeked and soft-eyed, speaking of eternal peace with a gap-toothed smile and roguish gestures.

Empty Chair. On the summit's first day, he had broken up the meeting before it could even begin, with his demands that President Eisenhower punish the guilty U.S. "aggressors." But he did not turn around and go...

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