431 Peter Carlson wasn’t there but wrote K Blows Top anyway! PODCAST INTERVIEW

Today’s Guest: Peter Carlson, journalist, author, K Blows Top: A Cold War Comic Interlude Starring Nikita Khrushchev, America’s Most Unlikely Tourist

K Blows Top: A Cold War Comic Interlude Starring Nikita Khrushchev, America's Most Unlikely Tourist, by Peter Carlson

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Peter Carlson could have taken all the research he did on Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev’s two-week barnstorming tour of the United States in 1959 and converted it into a Cold War-era fable such as Dr. Strangelove or The Mouse That Roared.

He could have done that, but truth is stranger than fiction and the truths found within K Blows Top: A Cold War Comic Interlude, Starring Nikita Khrushchev, America’s Most Unlikely Tourist are way funnier than even a guy like Dave Barry could have invented.

Peter Carlson, author of 'K Blows Top'

Peter Carlson, author of K Blows Top

PETER CARLSON audio excerpt: “Khruschchev kept saying, ‘Your capitalists are keeping the Cold War going because they’re making money on it.’ And the American officials, quite sincerely, said they would never do that. You’re crazy Marxists. That’s not how it works. Then he made this ridiculous propaganda speech saying that, ‘All countries should get rid of all weapons…’ Even though there was absolutely no chance of that happening, the stock market plummeted because everyone was afraid their defense stocks would go down.” 

I first discovered this book when the story of Chairman K’s visit to Hollywood was excerpted in Smithsonian magazine. I read that, laughed, and thought: I must read more!

And now that I’ve read more, I want to talk about it, so welcome to Mr. Media’s Book Club, where I’m hoping former Washington Post reporter Peter Carlson will fill us in on the story behind the story of this ticklish new political history.

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