Table of Contents, May 5 1986

COVER: Virtuoso Vladimir Horowitz returns in triumph to his homeland 56 "I had to go back to Russia before I died," explains the 81-year-old pianist, and in a spellbinding performance shown on TV in the West, he infuses his playing with a fire and precision not heard in years. It is a journey that stirs memories even as it writes a coda to his extraordinary life. The visit helps begin a dazzling set of cultural exchanges. See MUSIC.

NATION: Are America's supercarriers the weapon of the future or a throwback? 14 In a time of random violence and global tension,...

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