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KIRKUS REVIEW

Subtitled Our Adventures with Khrushchev, this lively book, based on Pulitzer Prize-winning reports of the authors, a team of Hearst correspondents, tells of their three journeys to Soviet Russia in 1955, 1957 and 1959, and of Khrushchev's rise from obscurity to world fame. In February, 1955, when the younger Hearst and his reporters first saw Moscow, the shadow of the dead Stalin still darkened the frightened city, foreigners were looked on with hostility, and Khrushchev, already displaying his ruthless ability to outplay all rivals, was just emerging as Stalin's successor; two years later Khrushchev, now the most powerful man in Russia, was boasting of Sputnik and in a three- hour interview told the Hearst team to ""ask him anything"". By 1959 Moscow, no longer scared, was taking tourists in its stride, Sputnik was replaced by moon-shots, and Khrushchev, the most talked-about ruler in the world, greeted the team like old friends. In this same year the team covered Khrushchev's tour of the United States, their report of this junket being considerably less glamorous and more pungent than those given in the daily press and on TV. Written as only seasoned political reporters can write, this penetrating if not profound volume will appeal to internationally-minded readers of world politics and to addicts of travel books and biography; readers of the Hearst papers, already be acquainted with much of it, should enjoy re-reading it. Devotees of the New York Times should find it a refreshing change from that paper's sometimes heavy analyses of Communism.

Pub Date: June 8th, 1960
Publisher: McGraw-Hill