Kennedy would chide himself afterward for not doing his homework on Khrushchev. Nixon was unsure if he would even meet Mao despite months of quiet planning. And George W. Bush made what in hindsight was a classic first-impression misread of Vladimir Putin.
"Summits of Adversaries: They Haven’t Always Worked Out So Well" is from the March 11, 2018 World section of The New York Times. It was written by Megan Specia, Rick Gladstone and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.