The World: Inside Brezhnev's Office

The man in the gray-blue flannel suit leaned across his tidy teak desk, past the elegant brown calf briefcase with gold combination locks, and pressed one of the 30 buttons on his elaborate intercom. "What's on TV tonight?" he asked. "Only some weight lifting," a male secretary replied. "Oh, all right," the button-pusher said. "We haven't got time anyway."

Thus, with executive flair, Leonid Brezhnev last week showed himself comfortably at home in his Kremlin office suite. On the eve of his departure for Washington, the Soviet

Communist Party chief invited over eleven Moscow-based U.S. correspondents, including TIME'S John Shaw. It was not...

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