The Cold War included plenty of oratorical combat as leaders of the two main sides fought for diplomatic and public advantage. The picture above depicts Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev making a non-verbal point with his shoe during a 1960 debate at the United Nations (it is said he pounded the shoe on the table for emphasis, although some observers disputed that.)
Here are the top 5 Cold War quotes, based on their value in underscoring significant themes in the conflict:
"From Stettin in the Baltic to Triesete in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent:" British Leader Winston Churchill, 1946, coining the phrase “Iron Curtain” to describe the border marking the area of Soviet control in Europe. "Behind the Iron Curtain" came to describe locations in the Soviet Union and its allied countries. The term "behind the Bamboo Curtain" was sometimes used for areas controlled by communist China and other Asian communist countries.