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K blows top : a Cold War comic interlude starring Nikita Khrushchev, America's most unlikely tourist

Author: Peter Carlson
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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K Blows Top is the hilarious true story of a stranger in a strange land. The stranger was Nikita Khrushchev, the fat-bellied, thin-skinned, funny, cranky premier of the Soviet Union. The strange land was America in the 50s, a world of tail fins, movie stars, missile silos, and duck-and-cover drills. Khrushchev's bizarre 1959 trip across America was, as historian John Lewis Gaddis called it, "a surreal extravaganza."
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Carlson, Peter, 1952-
K blows top.
New York : PublicAffairs, ©2009
(DLC) 2008039090
(OCoLC)191926312
Named Person: Nikita Sergeevich Khrushchev; Nikita Sergeevich Khrushchev
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Carlson
ISBN: 9780786741564 0786741562 1586484974 9781586484972
OCLC Number: 374050243
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 327 pages, [8] pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents: Prologue : K blows top --
Trip One : The heat in the kitchen. Dueling proverbs --
Arguing about animal dung --
Khrushchev takes the Pepsi challenge --
The kitchen debate --
Nixon gets zapped --
How many nukes does it take to wipe out England? --
The new party line on love --
Nixon gets drunk --
Khrushchev's coming! Khrushchev's coming! --
Trip Two : "A surreal extravaganza". The worst human being on earth --
What should K see? --
Shooting the moon --
K meets J. Edgar Hoover --
Fondling animals --
Khrushchev throws a tantrum --
Communism is like my wart --
The premier tells a Jewish joke --
The dentists fight back --
Stuck in an elevator --
Bronx cheers in New York --
Khrushchev fever sweeps Hollywood --
Nikita meets Marilyn --
Can-Can --
Khrushchev fakes a tantrum --
Barnstorming to San Francisco --
Mankind's face is more beautiful than its backside --
J. Edgar Hoover gets caught with his pants down --
A riot in the cathedral of capitalism --
A Cossack charge in Coon Rapids, Iowa --
Communist dictator in a home ec class --
Camp David --
Chasing butterflies --
The first to be shot --
Chihuahuas for Khrushchev --
Stormy applause --
Trip Three : The banging of the shoe. Spy in the sky --
Obligatory sex scene --
That son of a bitch, Richard Nixon --
Rendezvous with Fidel --
The guest who wouldn't leave --
Banging the shoe --
I feel vicious, malicious, and low! --
Epilogue : Life is a cosmic joke.
Responsibility: Peter Carlson.

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This hilarious account of Khrushchevs 1959 U. S. tour is also a supremely entertaining evocation of the history and atmosphere of Cold War America  Read more...

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Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History and Baker Institute Fellow at Rice University "What a joy it was to read Peter Carlson's "K Blows Top." With vivid detail, crisp language, subtle wit, and Read more...

 
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