Dr. Eckener’s Deam Machine: The Great Zeppelin and the Dawn of Air Travel, Douglas Botting (Holt)

The British comedy series Monty Python’s Flying Circus once presented a sketch in which Graham Chapman, as Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, pitched various dignitaries out the door of his airborne vessel, crying, with ever more frustration, “It’s not a balloon, it’s an airship!” Allowing for comedic exaggeration, this is a pretty fair representation of the climate in … Continue reading Dr. Eckener’s Deam Machine: The Great Zeppelin and the Dawn of Air Travel, Douglas Botting (Holt)

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K Blows Top: A Cold War Comic Interlude Starring Nikita Khrushchev, America’s Most Unlikely Tourist, Peter Carlson (PublicAffairs)

Most North Americans remember Nikita Khrushchev, the Russian dictator, as the guy who banged his shoe on his desk at the UN in 1960. Few recall that the shoe-banging was preceded by a 1959 visit to the U.S. in which Khrushchev, or K as he was headlined in the press, toured the country and captivated … Continue reading K Blows Top: A Cold War Comic Interlude Starring Nikita Khrushchev, America’s Most Unlikely Tourist, Peter Carlson (PublicAffairs)