Cronkite: Recalling Khrushchev


In the 1950s and early 1960s, Nikita Khrushchev loomed large over America, a symbol of the Cold War menace posed by the Soviet Union Bettmann/Corbis hide caption

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Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev once loomed large over the United States, the physical embodiment of what America feared. He threatened, menaced and provoked for the better part of 15 years during the Cold War between the West and the East. The tensions were both real and imagined, stoked by the uncertainties of a potential war whose only certainty was "mutually assured destruction." Former CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite recalls the Kremlin leader's rise — and the shocking effect of his 1964 fall.

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