A growing number of people worldwide share the fear that an anxiety-free night’s rest, let alone dreams of any kind, is becoming a luxury afforded only to the rich, connected and worldly.
There was a time when America's heartland was seen as critical to the nation's strength. Its food, factories and coal powered the nation; its men and women fought its wars; and its white-picket-fenced small towns evoked the American dreams of foreigners. During the Cold War, none other than Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev visited one such town – Ames, Iowa – because he was ‘curious to have a look’ at America while in the country for meetings in 1959.
U.S. president Dwight D. Eisenhower used that curiosity to his advantage by strategically scheduling his summit with Khrushchev at the end of the Soviet leader's grand tour. By using Camp David as a carrot, Eisenhower hoped to keep the fiery premier on his best behaviour. But the president also wanted Khrushchev to visit an American factory town that was ‘universally and exclusively inhabited’ by its workers, to see ‘decent, fine, comfortable homes’, and to meet a ‘happy … free people, doing exactly as they choose’.