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As American as Apple Pie Bombs

American institution or not, Nikita Khrushchev probably wasn’t impressed with the mysterious homemade apple pie he received during his first visit to the United States in 1959. Though the visit was historic, many Americans were less than thrilled that the Russian Premier was on U.S. soil. With this knowledge in hand, Khrushchev’s security detail had instructions [...]

4 Stories About Jimmy Carter’s Malaise Speech

by Kevin Mattson On July 15, 1979, President Jimmy Carter spoke to the American people about the nation’s crisis of confidence. Kevin Mattson’s latest book, What the Heck Are You up to, Mr. President?, re-examines the address that defined—and perhaps doomed—Carter’s presidency. Here are a few things you might not remember about the speech. 1. Carter Never [...]