When Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev dramatically swept Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev out of power and assumed leadership of the Soviet Union and the Communist Party on October 14, 1964, his chances of survival at the top were not considered good.By DEV MURARKA9 min
The flags were coming down on Innsbruck's Marie Theresien Strasse, and the athletes had departed. The XII Winter Olympiad—conducted without incident, but not without surprise—was over. The Russians and East Germans had carted home their medals—almost as many as all the other nations combined.By MICHAEL POSNER8 min
As the Conservative leadership campaign lurched toward its conclusion, one issue overshadowed all the others in the rush for control of the venerable party: Claude Wagner’s $300,000 trust fund. The issue ignited a bitter row between Wagner and his chief rival for the leadership, Montreal lawyer Brian Mulroney.By IAN URQUHART/ROBERT LEWIS7 min
For more than 10 days after returning from Latin America, she stood at the epicentre of a rippling national debate. As each interview and phone-in appearance peeled away another layer of her personality, Margaret Sinclair Trudeau sought to explain and re-explain behavior that enchanted the admiring and discomfited the skeptical.By ROBERT LEWIS7 min
“Let it be clearly understood,” Rudyard Kipling wrote, “that the Russian is a delightful person till he tucks in his shirt.” Sadly, most visitors to the Soviet Union never get past the tucked-in shirt brigade: the opaque and sanitized official Russians who are cleared to deal with foreigners.By Hedrick Smith7 min
Michael J. Webb is a Calgary lawyer who also happens to be a vice-president of the Liberal Party of Canada. He was greatly impressed by a recent book by Dan Rather, the renowned American TV reporter. It is called The Palace Guard and is an examination of the Haldeman-Ehrlich-man group who sealed Richard Nixon off from reality in the White House.By Allan Fotheringham5 min
“There is very little rape in Canada,” the girl said. “You know why—’cause they electrocute the guys up there. That cools the bastards out.” We were standing in downtown Pittsburgh, near the site of what had been Fort Duquesne, when the French held it, and Fort Pitt, when our side took over.By Walter Stewart5 min
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