K Blows Top

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-07-06
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs

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This hilarious account of Khrushchev's 1959 U.S. tour is also a supremely entertaining evocation of the history and atmosphere of Cold War America.

Author Biography

Peter Carlson is a former feature writer and columnist for The Washington Post, where he wrote the column “The Magazine Reader.” The author of Roughneck: The Life and Times of Big Bill Haywood, and a co-author--with Hunter S. Thompson and George Plimpton, among others--of The Gospel According to ESPN, he lives in Rockville, MD.

Table of Contents

Prologue: K Blows Topp. ix
The Heat in the Kitchenp. 1
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!
"A Surreal Extravaganza"p. 49
"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
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
The Banging of the Shoep. 251
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"p. 295
Acknowledgmentsp. 309
Notes on Sourcesp. 311
Indexp. 315
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