Sunday, December 17, 2006

Meet me at the Bolshoi

It seems to be every historian's goal to equivalances and symmetries in the past. So I was charmed to discover (in "One Hell of a Gamble" by Fursenko and Naftali) that both sides in the Cuban Missile Crisis did business at the Bolshoi. Famously, Kruschev and his entourage attended the opera in order to show the world how relaxed the chairman was, how in command of the situation. But new to me (p. 307) is that Robert Kennedy hosted the touring ballet company at breakfast on 18 November, and with his wife attended the ballet performance that night; he used both opportunities to pass messages to Dobrinyin (at breakfast) and Bolshakov (at the theatre).

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