An Interview with Mikhail Gorbachev

Candid views about U.S.-Soviet relations and his goals for his people

Any leader of the Soviet Union is inevitably and rightfully an object of worldwide curiosity. That interest is only increased by the secrecy and mystery that traditionally shroud the Kremlin. In the case of Mikhail Gorbachev, the world's attention is intensified still further because he represents a new generation of Soviet leadership, a new attitude and a new style. But until last week, the General Secretary of the Communist Party had never met with Western journalists for a face-to-face interview. Now he has granted that first interview, a remarkably detailed, frank and far-ranging one, to a group from TIME: Henry A....

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