Cold War Roadshow

Cold War Roadshow

DVD - 2014
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The story of one of the most bizarre episodes in the annals of modern history: the unprecedented trip across America in 1959 by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, the world leader of communism and America's arch nemesis. 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 story of the year.
Publisher: [United States] : [Publisher not identified], [2014]
ISBN: 9781627892025
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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video file,DVD video
Call Number: DVD 327.73047 COL

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AQUILEA777
Jun 18, 2019

News films of Khrushchev's famous 12-day trip across the US and back in 1959.
--- Rebuking Obama in the 2008 campaign, Hillary said the president should not meet foreign leaders unless they agree in advance to US demands. Yet at the height of the Cold War, Nixon and Eisenhower met Khrushchev amicably, both publicly and privately, without fear of political embarrassment.
--- Khrushchev was witty and ingratiating, winning over the throngs he met on his long tour, though he became annoyed when insulted by the McCarthyite mayor of Los Angeles who was supposed to be hosting him. Khrushchev wanted friendly East-West competition. He freely acknowledged areas in which the US excelled, and sought to learn from American methods.
--- A few months later, Ike foolishly let CIA crackpots talk him into one too many U2 spyplane flights across the USSR. When the plane was shot down, Ike tried to lie about it, wrecking the nascent rapproachement.
--- JFK confronted Khrushchev at a Vienna summit (where Kennedy felt badly beaten), in Berlin, and in Cuba. After the Bay of Pigs fiasco, JFK said, "I want to shatter the CIA in a thousand pieces and scatter them to the winds." He and Khrushchev solved the Cuban Missile Crisis through mutual concessions.
--- JFK concluded that Khrushchev was more sensible than the Pentagon chiefs who pressed to risk nuclear war, claiming we would win it, losing less than half the population. Our war-chiefs thought the Soviets were sane and would therefore back down, if we made it clear that we were crazy and would not back down. This institutionalized madness ("brinkmanship") went far beyond Hitler's lunacies. Kennedy turned increasingly toward peace.
--- Less than a year after JFK was violently removed from power, Khrushchev was ousted peacefully and his reforms were largely overturned.
--- Today only personal hostility to unsubmissive foreign leaders is safe in US politics. Reasonable relations have become nearly impossible. Any compromise or acknowledgment will be denounced by the other party (Obama's Iran deal, Trump's pre-election Putin compliments.)

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swyckl
Jun 03, 2019

It is 60 minutes long. I liked this Biography Documentary DVD. It was comprehensive and informative. The story of one of the most bizarre episodes in the annals of modern history: the unprecedented trip across America in 1959 by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, the world leader of communism and America's arch nemesis. 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 story of the year. Up-Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev had been angling for an invitation to visit the United States, and finally received it in 1959. The whirlwind two-week tour was meant to mitigate fears during the Cold War and show the human side of a man many Americans distrusted. President Eisenhower welcomed Khrushchev and his family to Washington and handed them off to dignitaries in California and Iowa, before meeting up again at Camp David. Students may marvel at what today seems laughably lax security, as Khrushchev effusively greets people and wades into the crowd. He was by turns charming, brash, pushy, and delighted at the marvels of America. Students may debate if it was his honest good nature or shrewd media savvy. The premier gave as good as he got when the mayor of Los Angeles insulted him, but he was happy to endorse a local frankfurter vendor, and he marveled at an IBM employee cafeteria. Most of the film is comprised of historic news footage, cut with present day interviews and memories from Eisenhower's granddaughter and Khrushchev's son (who is now an American citizen.) It is good for all ages.

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