Cold War Roadshow tells the story of one of the most bizarre episodes in the annals of modern history—the unprecedented barnstorming across America in the fall of 1959 by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, the world leader of communism and America’s arch nemesis. At the very height of the Cold War, with American schoolchildren practicing duck-and-cover drills, the man who Americans feared could incinerate them in a rain of hydrogen bombs arrived in Washington, D.C. at the invitation of President Eisenhower. For both men, the visit was an opportunity to halt the escalating threats of the Cold War and chart a new course toward peaceful coexistence. For the American press, it was the media blockbuster story of the year. Told through the eyes of historian William Taubman and journalist Peter Carlson, and through the personal recollections of President Eisenhower's granddaughter, Susan Eisenhower and Nikita Khrushchev's son, Sergei Khrushchev, Cold War Roadshow takes a deeply personal look at the often overlooked human dimensions of the Cold War.
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