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

Version: Unabridged
Author: Peter Carlson
Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner
Genres: History, North America, Public Policy
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: June 2009
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 11 hours
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Overview

Khrushchev's 1959 trip across America was one of the strangest exercises in international diplomacy ever conducted, "a surreal extravaganza," as one historian called it. Khrushchev told jokes, threw tantrums, sparked a riot in a San Francisco supermarket, wowed the coeds in a home economics class in Iowa, and ogled Shirley MacLaine as she filmed a dance scene in Can-Can. He befriended and offended a cast of characters including Nelson Rockefeller, Richard Nixon, Eleanor Roosevelt, Elizabeth Taylor, and Marilyn Monroe.

Published for the fiftieth anniversary of the trip, K Blows Top is a work of history that reads like a Vonnegut novel. This cantankerous communist's road trip took place against the backdrop of the fifties in capitalist America, with the shadow of the hydrogen bomb hanging over his visit like the Sword of Damocles.

Author Details

Author Details

Carlson, Peter

PETER CARLSON is the author of "K Blows Top", which was optioned into a feature film released in 2013 by HBO. For many years, he was a reporter and columnist for the "Washington Post". He has also written for "Smithsonian" magazine, "History Today", and the "Huffington Post". He lives in Bethesda, MD.