Under The Sun

Tuesday, March 11, 2003

Khrushchev's choice

I've never studied the Cuban Missile Crisis, but what's always struck me about it, even at a casual glance, is the incredible fact that a system built on paranoia--Stalinism--somehow produced a man--Nikita Khrushchev--who was willing to lose a game of chicken. He must have known that backing down would mean the end of his career, and quite possibly his death. He did it anyway. How? Why?

Perhaps this book--the first "comprehensive and authoritative biography" of Khrushchev--holds the answer.

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