When the world's most famous Communist saw one of the West's greatest capitalist enterprises, he found much to admire--in its food.
In September of 1959, Nikita Khrushchev, the premier of the Soviet Union and first secretary of its Communist Party, spent 12 days touring the United States. The trip--which occurred during a brief thawing of the Cold War, and was intended to thaw it further--included meetings with notables such as President Eisenhower, Vice President Nixon, and Eleanor Roosevelt; visits to American institutions such as a movie studio and a supermarket; and encounters with ordinary citizens, including both well-wishers and protesters. It captured the nation's imagination and dominated newspaper headlines and TV news broadcasts.
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