Mikhail Gorbachev, Author

Most first-time writers with fledgling publishers have a hard time getting noticed. Not this one. Last week, when the small, independent New York publishing house of Richardson & Steirman brought out A Time for Peace by Mikhail Gorbachev, the event was celebrated with a well-stocked press reception at the Soviet embassy in Washington.

The 312-page tome is primarily a collection of speeches, letters and interviews granted since Gorbachev assumed Soviet leadership last March. New material includes a brief introduction by the author, a reverent biography supplied by the Kremlin and eight pages of color photographs. The most unusual are informal shots...

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