When History Reaches a Peak

Future Soviet-American relations are at stake as Reagan and Gorbachev meet

By Wednesday night it will all be over. Ronald Reagan will be packing to leave for Brussels to report to NATO allies, then will hurry on to Washington to address a joint session of Congress that will be televised to a waiting nation. Mikhail Gorbachev will be getting ready to head back to the halls of the Kremlin, where he will weigh his impressions of the American leader. Soviet officials, newly savvy about influencing public opinion, and American officials, veterans in the art, will be struggling to put the proper spin on what took place in the first encounter between their...

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