President John F. Kennedy and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev meet in Vienna in 1961. Khrushchev viewed the much younger Kennedy as someone he could bully. Afterward, Kennedy said privately, “I’ve got a terrible problem if he thinks I’m inexperienced and have no guts.”

President John F. Kennedy and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev meet in Vienna in 1961. Khrushchev viewed the much younger Kennedy as someone he could bully. Afterward, Kennedy said privately, “I’ve got a terrible problem if he thinks I’m inexperienced and have no guts.”