National Geographic : 1959 Dec
Russia as I Saw It No matter how great the potential Soviet challenge, this very Soviet determination to achieve a better and richer life opens the possibility at the same time for a great hope. Such a life can flourish only in an atmosphere of peace, of mutual cooperation among nations and peoples-and this is a hope that I tried, over and over again, to exploit in all my con tacts with the Soviet leaders and people. But more of that later. I was not in Moscow, of course, to debate with Premier Khrushchev. I was there, as President Eisenhower's official representative, to open the American National Exhibition, and, at the same time, to talk candidly with the Soviet leaders, to learn as much as I could about their land and people, to help relieve in some small way the appalling misinforma tion-among leaders and people alike-about America and its purposes and goals. With what success? Obviously, I cannot say. But I think I can say this much at least: That America will leave unexplored no ave nue that might conceivably lead the way, eventually, to an honorable and enduring peace. And that was the heart of my own message to the Soviet people. Millions Visited U. S. Exhibition The exhibition itself was a tremendous suc cess. It was designed to show some of the things we produce under our free-enterprise system and something, too, of the quality of American life. As I put it in my radio-TV address to the Soviet people, how nearly we in America have achieved freedom and abun dance for all in a classless society-the very goal that the Communists claim as their own special property! I think the Soviet people were impressed. Millions of them visited the exhibition-the unofficial attendance figures were three mil- ANTHONY STEWART © N.G.S. 717 KOInAHROMF HPFFT1 RY IAMFP BIAIR FKTACHROMF(RFILOW1BY NATIONAL PHIC PHO"