Coming To America

During his eight-day odyssey through the land of the free, he lurched from speech to speech more like a back-of-the-pack presidential contender than an aspirant to the mantle of Lenin. But if jet lag, fatigue and generous helpings of Jack Daniel's occasionally took their toll, Boris Yeltsin, 58, the former Moscow party boss who has achieved unusual visibility and enormous popularity as one of Mikhail Gorbachev's most acerbic critics, still impressed Americans with his charm and appreciation of the U.S. His knack for an ingratiating riposte was apparent at John and Vicki Hardin's hog farm in Danville, Ind. "Would Mr. Yeltsin...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!