Monday, June 30, 2014

K Blows Top

K Blows Top

Peter Carlson

I loved this book. Honestly, I thought it was great. It was everything a non-fiction book about a premier's visit to the United States should be. The book is mainly about Nikita Khrushchev visit to the US in 1959. This book is funny and entertaining, making a rather boring topic very interesting. Before I read this book I knew that Khrushchev was in charge of the USSR for a bit after Stalin, but that was it. Now, I forget most of what I read, but I think that I learned some new things. I think that Khrushchev symbolizes the Cold War in a way after reading this book.  The Cold War, in itself, is a very comical thing. You have to question what kind of world it was where everyone was living a gigantic game of Chicken and where young Americans were taught to hide under their desks in the event of a nuclear attack. Just the panic and chaos that I can only imagine was always surrounding the Cold War era. Maybe as American's we're just too proud to think that anyone would actually drop a bomb on us, or most people don't even care that there are communist countries that have more powerful bombs and missiles now than during the Cold War, and that they could kill us in a second. Maybe they do, I'm not sure. But I sure don't panic ever. And I don't spend much time thinking about war and bombs and world annihilation at the press of a button.  
Anyway, this was a very well written book. It was easy to read and I'd actually recommend it to someone that didn't give a hoot about history. 

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