COUSINS, Norman. KENNEDY, John Fitzgerald). KHRUSHCHEV, Nikita).
Title: Improbable Triumvirate : John F. Kennedy, Pope John, Nikita Khrushchev : AnAsterisk to the History of a Hopeful Year, 1962-1963. First American Edit ion in dustjacket.
Publisher:  W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., New York, 1972, ISBN:0393053962
Seller ID: 103399
COUSINS, Norman. The Improbable Triumvirate : John F. Kennedy, Pope John, Nikita Khrushchev. [Dj adds: "An Asterisk to the History of a Hopeful Year, 1962-1963"]. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, (1972). First US Printing. Pp. (6),5-171,(3), + 4 p. of plates. Illustrated. 8vo, black cloth with gilt and metallic green lettering and metallic blue decoration to spine. "For thirteen months -- beginning with the resolution of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962 and ending with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963 -- a new spirit of optimism was at work in the world. The dramatic end of the crisis signaled an upturn in the prospects for peace. Three men came to symbolize these new prosepcts -- President Kennedy, Nikita Khrushchev, and Pope John. This book deals with some of the little-known footnotes to the history of that hopeful year, especially as it bears upon the interaction of the three leaders. It is mostly a human-interest story, for it shows what great changes can come about in the world when leaderslook beyond ideological dogma and national interest to human interest, and when they are willing to assume political risks in the pursuit of peace. T he book tells of some remarkable exchanges between Pope John and Premier Khrushchev. It was the Pope who took the initiative in establishing direct contacts between the Vatican and the Kremlin. A specific result of this was the release, after years of internment, of two archbishops. Mr Couins was chosen as an emissary of the Vatican to negotiate the release. During this time, President Kennedy asked Mr Cousins to play a role in the preliminary negotiations for an agreement to half testing of nuclear weapons. The book deals with the role of public opinion in making the nuclear test-ban treaty possible. As an outgrowth of the experiences related here, Mr Cousins was askeed by the president to work on the campaign for the ratification of the treaty. The book provides an account of that work." - from the dj. Contents:1. An Asterisk to History: Some Footnotes on the Relationship of John F. K ennedy, Pope John XXIII, and Nikita S. Khrushchev; 2. Afterword; 3. Appendix: Some Notes on the Background of the Campaign for the Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty. Very good in corner-trimmed (but not price-clipped), lightly spine-sunned dustjacket. 100.00