Publishers Weekly - Publishers WeeklyMarilyn Monroe comes to the rescue of Nikita Khrushchev during the Russian leader's 1959 U.S. visit. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal - Library JournalThis historical mystery focuses on a 1959 meeting that actually occurred between Nikita Khrushchev and Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn's West Coast publicist discourages the meeting, warning that the government will use her for political gain, but Marilyn follows through anyway. She serendipitously discovers a plot by a vengeful Hungarian refugee to kill Khrushchev, fails to convince an FBI friend of the danger, then foils the plan herself. Fanciful conjecture indeed, but told with warmth, attention to historical detail, and serious tone. This novel is based on Barbara's 1997 short story "Dasvidaniya, Khrushchev"; Max is also author of Chicago Confidential. For most collections. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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In 1959, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev comes to America to meet with President Eisenhower. Comrade Khrushchev has two special requests of Ike both in Southern California. He wants to visit Disneyland and meet Marilyn Monroe as he saw the actress¿ film Some Like It Hot at the American National Exhibit in Moscow........................................ Ike arranges the meeting with Miss Monroe, but vetoes Disneyland as too dangerous especially since several foreign countries want to see the Soviet dead. His speech at the UN inflamed the Chinese Nationalists on Formosa and the crushing of the Hungarian Revolution two years earlier have angered individuals from that satellite nation. Khrushchev arrives in Los Angeles to a rather shabby greeting until Miss Monroe gives him superstar treatment. When she learns that a third group plans an assassination she does everything to keep the Russian bear alive not just to prevent World War III, but because they have become friends................................... Though Marilyn Monroe serving as a world savior may seem implausible, readers will believe she did save Khrushchev¿s life in this remarkable historical tale. The story line flows with life in the 1950s with the threat of nuclear war hanging over everyone. Readers who remember the ¿duck and cover¿ exercises in school need to deny it to hide their age. Though terrific insights into the era and Miss Monroe, BOMBSHELL belongs to the vivid full depiction of Khrushchev, who does not get enough credit for de-Stalinization and recognizing his country¿s lack of nuclear parity by not raising the ante during the Cuban missile crisis............................ Harriet Klausner
I'm a Marilyn Monroe fan & found this book thoroughly enjoyable. It was acurate enough about Marilyn to be undistracting & even though it was fiction, the authors cared enough about history to make this an exciting way to get a history lesson. I learned many things & could not put this book down.