The year was 1957.
America’s top diplomats were discussing the Soviet Union’s plans to invade the U.S. The country was on the verge of collapse.
A U.N. report said that by that time, the U,S.
was one of the most economically successful countries on earth, with a population of almost 9 billion people.
And the Soviet leaders were making great progress in their invasion plans, with American troops deployed to their border and a huge Soviet fleet in the Pacific.
“I was sitting in my office, reading the reports, and I see the Soviets approaching,” recalled Robert A. Caro, a former ambassador to the U